So should there be a tax on sugar? The way I see it, I would not want to see a tax on the sugar that people chose to put in their tea/coffee or on their cornflakes. They can see that it is sugar and they know what they are doing with it. But I would like to see a very large tax put on the sugar that is deliberately hidden inside other foods and often in the most unlikely of places. Kellogs all bran for example is nearly 20% added sugar! Why?? The Baps that MacD's come in also have a very high sugar content, far more than is needed for proving the dough. Again, Why?? What stunned me about the film “Supersize me!” was at the end of the month when Spurlock was shown the amount of fat and sugar that he had eaten during the course of the month experiment. The bucket of fat didn’t surprise me, I was expecting that. What shocked me was the huge bucket of sugar! It had got to be more sugar than I have eaten in a decade! (I don’t drink soft drinks I don’t eat breakfast cereal, I only rarely eat chocolate and I only rarely eat fast food or eat out. And I haven’t actually bought a bag of sugar in 15 years) (I would also like to see a tax on vegetable fat that is being used as a hidden ingredient too) I have always been very cynical about the use of added sugar and vegetable fat in processed food. The way I see it, these are the cheapest ingredients available for the food processors (Apart from water, which is also used!) and if they can pad out their products with the cheap ingredients they stand to make more profit on the finished article. What is more, the food processors know that high fat/sugar combinations are apatite super stimulator’s, Even when people have had enough, they still want to eat more! “Junk Food” isn’t just not particularly good for you, it is actively engineered to make you want to eat more of it than you should! The purpose of any taxation here is not so much to penalise the final consumer, nor is it to raise money (The ideal result from a purely public health POV is surely that no tax is raised because all sugar consumption ceases (See also Alcohol and tobacco taxes)) But what I would be looking for is a situation where Sugar and Vegetable fat are no longer the cheapest ingredients available so the processors simply stop using them to pad out their products. (It would be nice to be able to tax added water too (See churned chicken and ham (A nice Guardienista link, there were plenty of Mail ones available, but I felt a Guardian link would keep the mail haters happy! ) but I am struggling to come up with a precise definition that would work in practice) Whilst this will make these products more expensive, it will probably not make them that much more expensive and it is likely to make them much more nutritious! (And therefore better value for money) In the long run, everybody would win. What say you??