Levying a tax on unhealthy foods in the UK could apparently reduce death levels (heart attack and stroke) considerably. Researchers looked at data on food consumption and applied a mathematical formula to realise how applying a 17.5 per cent VAT tax on some foods.
The researchers estimated that 3,200 deaths could be prevented. For diabetics, pre-diabetics and those who may become diabetic, any measures to reduce the level of obesity-inducing foods on our shelves is a good thing.
The Care Advisor at Diabetes UK, Jemma Edwards, reportedly commented: “Diabetes UK believes there are a range of ideas that need to be investigated to improve people’s diets and in turn reduce obesity-related complications such as heart attacks and strokes. It’s not just saturated fats that can be harmful, people also need to limit foods high in salt and added sugar.”
She concluded: “Deterring people from buying certain items such as dairy products may be potentially harmful. Dairy products are an important part of a good diet and essential for healthy bones and teeth . Good education about the damage a diet high in fat, salt and sugar can do is key to encourage people to change their eating habits. It is also important to educate people about physical activity. Both diet and physical activity are vital in keeping healthy.”

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