Soft Drink Sugar Tax Backed by Experts


An international public health expert has warned that soft drink labels should specify sugar levels, by indicating the number of teaspoons of sugar contained.

New York University professor Marion Nestle, author of Soda Politics, backed soft drink tax proposals from dentists who said it was rotting young people’s teeth.

She said the sugary soft drink industry was so good at marketing that they made people think it was acceptable to substitute soft drinks for water.

She suggested parents dunk a baby tooth in a glass of soda in front of their kids so they can see what happens after week or so.

A can of soft drink contains about 9-10 teaspoons of sugar, with a 600ml containing 16 teaspoons.