The Sugar Tax

The Sugar Tax

Health
What is it? The idea of the sugar tax has been thrown around a lot over the past few years. It is a tax only applying to sugar sweetened beverages. Australia is proposing 20%, which would apply to all the classic sugar laden soft drink giants. For example, Coke, Sprite and Fanta. It would also apply to a few of the less obvious culprits such as mineral waters, energy drinks and flavoured milks. The tax aims to reduce the consumption of these drinks through an increase in their price, making them less desirable to the consumer. Hence, having positive effect on the health of our society, decreasing the prevalence of overweight, obesity, diabetes, dental caries and other chronic diseases. Many people think the sugar tax is a good idea. Many…
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Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for Us?

Are Artificial Sweeteners Bad for Us?

Health
  The food industry relies heavily on artificial sweeteners as cheap sugar substitutes. Are they bad for us? Artificial sweeteners are, to many, a miracle substance, allowing them to have their cake and eat it too. Artificial sweeteners are a sugar substitute used to sweeten food using few kilojoules. They can come in different forms such as aspartame, saccharin and sucralose. Artificial sweeteners can be found in a variety of ‘low calorie’ or ‘diet’ foods such as soft drinks, yogurt and baked goods. Artificial sweeteners can be used in tiny amounts compared to sugar because they are a lot sweeter. This is because the sugar receptors in the body detect natural sugar in large quantities. In comparison, artificial sweeteners are able to bind to the receptor in such a way…
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