With new research regularly being carried out, the case against sugar as "the baddie" of the food industry is growing. For a country that is hoping to return to growing sugar beet in 2017, marking 90 years since it was first grown & marketed here, one wonders how the story of sugar will pan out in the future.
Links of high sugar intake with obesity and increasing the risk of diabetes, the reduce sugar campaign is gaining volume for the introduction of a sugar tax. The world is watching Mexico who introduced the sugar tax in the last few years to see what progress we should take in this regard. With the term 'fake news' lately making the news, an article in the Irish Times (Prof. Donal O' Shea, August 2016) refuted the Mexican claims to date and highlighted the importance of ring-fencing any monies raised through such a tax to improve children's health from sugar related conditions.
The lesson on sugar is changing in Home Economics classes. The question: What is sugar?, is no longer just a classification of carbohydrates with different colours and consistencies used in baking, but a lesson towards the future health of our nation. (click on the highlighted above to read more)