The UK government will introduce a sugar levy on soft drinks in 2 years time, according to a surprise government announcement made last week.
Health campaigners welcomed the news, while drink makers expressed their outrage.
While the aim of the levy is to help fight obesity in the nation, it would raise about 500 million pounds ($704 million) annually.
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Researchers at Stanford University have discovered that immune cells in plaque build-ups in arteries tend to over-consume sugar.
While clogged arteries are normally associated with fast foods, junk foods and other high-fat indulgence foods, these all have one component in common, sugar.
When these cells in the arteries over-indulge, they produce an “over-zealous” inflammatory response, which researchers believe contributes to coronary artery disease (CAD). This condition leads to constricted arteries blocking blood flow around the heart, resulting in heart attacks, heart failure and death.
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A recent article on Forbes discussed the importance of labels on our food and drink products to indicate the sugar content of the items we’re consuming.
As the expert pointed out, reducing the amount of sugar we consume is not only about losing weight or preventing teeth cavities. Too much sugar is bad for a person’s long term health.
A 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found “a significant relationship” between excessive sugar consumption and a higher risk for cardiovascular disease mortality.
Also people who consumed a quarter or more of their daily calories from sugar, had double the chance of dying from heart disease than people with a daily sugar intake of 7 per cent or less.
Experts say the problem is widespread in The US, with Americans consuming on average 20 teaspoons of sugar daily.