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Should products containing high sugar be taxed?

Should products containing high sugar be taxed?

The British Medical Association (BMA) has said today that imposing a 20p levy on sugary drinks could reduce the prevalence of obesity in the UK by around 180,000 people.

A report warned that poor diet costs the NHS around £6 billion a year meaning it has a greater impact than smoking and alcohol!

A report found that the healthiest diets cost double the price of the least healthy ones with unhealthy foods found to be decreasing in price over time the gap is ever increasing.

The 20p tax suggested on all non-alcoholic water based soft drinks with added sugar including energy drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks and fruit juice concentrates could subsidies the sale of fruit and vegetables.

We see these products advertised and sponsored everywhere but who is really to blame? Is it because they are so cheap? is is bad education? is it because they are in our face all the time? You tell us in the comments below!

We will be discussing this tonight on The Sports Sandwich from 7pm on 107.3 Stafford FM

Have your vote. Do you think a minimum 20p levy would help reduce obesity in the UK?

Nutrition and Supplements Night! Everything you need to know

What a great night it’s been on the Sports Sandwich tonight! If you missed it, don’t worry. You can listen again by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page 🙂

Tonight we decided to run with a nutrition and supplement theme. The three guests we bought in we’re all coming from different angles but there seemed to be two words that cropped up from all three “balanced” and “sustainable.”

Firstly we had personal trainer Marie Halls. Marie spoke about her role and how she listens to her clients needs and tailors their nutritional requirements to what they want to achieve. Marie gave us her advice on what to eat pre-workout and post-workout and how to prepare for upcoming events. The need for a balanced diet is imperative when taking on any form of fitness training or weight loss program which ties in with Sport Across Staffordshire’s Move More In May campaign and StaffordFM’s Sports Fitness Challenge. Find out more here:

Our second was Terri Rigby who spoke passionately for the need to include supplements in a everyday balanced diet. She dispelled some of the myths around supplements and the bad press they have previously received. The supplements she spoke about are all 100% natural products and are all 100% manufactured in-house. Terri will be running workshops at friends of The Sports Sandwich, The Nicky Snazell Pain Clinic. Find out more here: and

To round off the evening we had an inspirational lady in the studio, Jackie Holland who has lost 7.5 stone using the Slimming World Free Food Program. Jackie is now inspiring many others to do the same as group leader at local workshops here in Stafford. She proved that its not about cutting out all the things you love its about having a balanced diet using the Free Foods Guide. Find out more here:

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