Sugar has recently been branded as ‘toxic’, ‘addictive’ and ‘the new tobacco’. Campaigners have suggested that sugary drinks should come with obesity warnings and that a tax on sugar might be beneficial to consumers.
But what does the evidence say?
Experts came to the SMC to talk about things including:
Prof Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, University of Oxford
Prof Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division, King’s College London
Dr John Menzies, Research Fellow in the Centre for Integrative Physiology, University of Edinburgh, and member of NeuroFAST (which investigates the common neurobiology involved in eating behavior, addiction and stress)
Prof Jim Mann, Professor in Human Nutrition and Medicine, University of Otago