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Governments the United States and United Kingdom are waging a war sugar in the interests public health. Both countries claim that the overconsumption of sugar much of the population is detrimental people's well-being. On Thursday, the U.S. government issued new dietary guidelines that strongly recommend people receive less than 10 per cent their daily calorie intake from added sugar. On the same day, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he has not ruled the idea of a tax sugar to encourage consumers to buy food reduced levels of the sweet stuff. Politicians in the U.K. are debating how a reduction the intake of sugar could help alleviate Britain's rising rates obesity.

The American and British governments both cite a study conducted Mexico that showed a tax sugary, carbonated drinks led a reduction in consumption. The tax was implemented January 1, 2014 and purchases of the taxed beverages went by 12 per cent December of that year. Sales of mineral water increased by four per cent over the same period. An alternative to taxing sugared drinks is to reduce the level sugar in them. Researchers Queen Mary University in London say that reducing the sugar content sugar-sweetened drinks 40 per cent over five years could prevent one million cases obesity in the U.K. Researchers say people might not even notice the changes.

 
 

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