In Mexico a sugar tax of 10% resulted in a 6% decrease in sugar consumption. Mexico also had a decrease in diabetes diagnoses. But putting diabetes and sugar together remains a blindspot (see my blog on this) yet represents a massive opportunity to cut NHS costs. PHE say imposing restrictions on sugar could save the NHS around £500 million a year. In my blog on how the NHS can save £6 billion a year we see that targeting diabetics and pre-diabetics to eat a low GL diet could save £1 billion. Employing 2,500 nutritional therapists would cost a mere £75 million.
What do you think an enlightened government should do? Do you favour a sugartax?