Why a Sugar Tax won’t work

This Innocent smoothie has as much sugar as 3.5 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2301135/15-WORST-health-drinks-Orange-juice-Innocent-smoothies-sugar-13-Hobnobs-3-half-doughnuts.html#ixzz2P3bpnxFh  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

This Innocent smoothie has as much sugar as 3.5 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts

Water salesman Tony Falkenstein is on a crusade to…well…sell more of his water coolers…but he is dressing it up as a wanting people to wean themselves off unhealthy fluids and fight obesity. He has proposed a sugar tax in the fight against obesity…but the reality is his only solution is for people to buy his water coolers, which is bizarre in a city like Auckland that has good water reticulation.

Nonetheless the usual suspects are calling for a sugar tax…well here is why such a tax will never work.

A single serving of so-called healthy fruit juice has been found to contain the same amount of  sugar as three-and-a-half doughnuts or 13 hobnob biscuits.

Exclusive research for Mailonline has revealed that a single 250ml serving of white grape juice contained the same amount of sugar as four Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.

Until recently, we thought the ‘bad’ drinks were those such as Coke and Pepsi, while orange juice was an easy way to get one of our ‘five a day’.

But the goalposts have shifted. More and more experts are warning that sugary drinks in any form are largely to blame for our ballooning waistlines. 

Shouting this message from the rooftops is one leading U.S. expert, Dr Robert Lustig.

In his new book ‘Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar’, he argues that it doesn’t matter whether the sugars you drink come from fruit juice, smoothies or fizzy drinks.

He says that liquid fructose sugar is dangerous for our health, irrespective of the source.

Check out the numbers on some of their examples:

Pret's orange juice contains as much sugar as 13 McVities Hobnob biscuits

Pret’s orange juice contains as much sugar as 13 McVities Hobnob biscuits


229 calories
0.6g fat
51g sugar


13 McVities Hobnob biscuits

This drink is almost as sugary pound for pound as Coke, and it contains more calories than a can of Coke!

But because it’s juice it’s okay, right? Wrong.

Fructose sugar is found in high quantities in fruit juice and excessive consumption is a primary cause of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

It doesn’t matter if it’s juice or Coke, concentrated liquid sugar is bad – full stop.

Not convinced? Watch the video from sugar expert Dr Robert Lustig on the science behind the body’s reaction to a glass of Orange Juice.


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