SINCE WHEN DID 120g of sugar become recommended? For women it is 90g. Surely any dietary body should be recommending as little as possible never mind setting a daily threshold as high as 120g. Sugar is becoming a demonised commodity of the West and rightly so. It is in EVERYTHING! And the things it isn’t in are full of shite like aspartame. Once sugar was a luxury reserved for the very wealthy but as the trade routes opened up and shipping became easier, it became common place on all tables, in various basic forms. You used to have to seek sugar out to have it in something. But the second half of the 20th century led to manufacturers pumping sugar into all imaginable products – not just in small doses. It is bad for teeth, waistlines, energy levels (once the spike is over) and highly addictive. Strange that only now countries are beginning to think of ‘sugar taxes’ to curb the massive health problems now and those of the future. Finland like the organised nation it is, is ahead of the pack having introduced taxation on sugar laden products due to abnormally high levels of obesity. Refreshing to see a proactive approach by a government not afraid of trade lobbies and pandering to big business. Food manufacturers being the sneaky people they are long ago realised the potential of addiction in selling their products. Salt and sugar are the foundations of any snack; designed to get you hooked. There are departments dedicated to developing new product lines released under the often seen banner of ‘New Improved’. What that equates to is they have made the foodstuff even more delightful for the parts of the brain that light up like a Christmas tree when you eat their ingredients. Back in the good old days when we had spears in our hands instead of iPads, finding honey or a similarly sweet substance must have driven primitive humans nuts but at least we had to actively hunt it out instead of opening a cupboard for our reward. What is the sensible solution? For every 1kg of sugar we eat in a calendar year we should be made to go and harvest sugar cane in skin burning heat. Every kilogram eaten= 1 acre has to be chopped down with a deliberately blunted machete.