The sugar tsars ‘in bed’ with confectionery giants

The sugar tsars 'in bed' with confectionery giants

Five out of eight members of a committee who help the Government on tackling Britain’s obesity epidemic have ‘worryingly close’ ties with the food industry.

It’s shocking and worrying to think that these ‘experts’ who advise the Government on sugar consumption actually receive funding from these confectionery giants.

One of the country’s leading nutritionists, Professor Ian Macdonald, is a paid adviser to Coca-Cola and Mars. He is paid £6,100 to sit on the advisory board for Coca-Cola and more for advising Mars. Would you trust his nutritional advice?

The typical Briton consumes 12 teaspoons of sugar a day. Doctors and academics say that sugar levels must be reduced by at least 30%. Sugar is considered the ‘new tobacco’ and can be as addictive as cocaine. 

Simon Capewell, from campaign group Action on Sugar, said: ‘It’s like putting Dracula in charge of a blood bank.

Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra added: ‘I don’t think that anyone who is in bed with the food industry should be advising the Government.’

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