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Excess sugar harmful and hard to avoid – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 15th, 2016.

It is difficult to work out how much sugar is added to food and drinks, and therefore excess sugar is difficult to avoid despite being harmful to health, according to a report from the Royal Society. Released today, the factsheet summarises evidence on the role of sugar in health, especially in relation to diseases such […]

Sugar, diet and obesity – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 29th, 2016.

Kiwi scientists have been featured prominently in the media over the weekend discussing healthy diets and the role of sugar and genes in obesity. Press feature writer Philip Matthews tackled the dichotomy between health experts speaking out about the options to tackle obesity and a political unwillingness to take action. “The Government seems allergic to regulation […]

HRC grants to explore health frontiers – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 12th, 2016.

Could fish eyes help solve a donor cornea shortage? Can we objectively tell how much sugar some one has been eating? Do e-cigarettes really help you quit smoking? The New Zealand Health Research (HRC) council is helping Kiwi researchers find answers to these questions through their latest HRC Emerging Researcher First Grants and HRC Feasibility […]

Academics push for sugary drinks tax – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2016.

In open letter published this weekend, public health researchers are calling on the Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Citing a number of grim statistics on New Zealand obesity and oral health situation, the authors urge the Government to to bring in stronger measures. “As a matter of urgency, we urge Cabinet to […]

Should NZ copy the UK sugar tax? – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on March 17th, 2016.

The UK have announced plans to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Should New Zealand follow suit? In the newly announced 2016 Budget, the UK Government outlines plans to “introduce a new soft drinks industry levy to help tackle childhood obesity, by incentivising companies to reduce the sugar in the drinks they sell, to fund […]

PM’s Chief science advisor on sugar, obesity and taxes

John Kerr posted in on July 30th, 2015.

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Prof Sir Peter Gluckman, spoke this morning on the Paul Henry Show discussing the issue of taxes on unhealthy food. You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below.

Chocolate linked to lower heart attack and stroke risk – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 16th, 2015.

A large new study has added weight to claims that there are cardiovascular benefits to eating chocolate. But – before you go on that chocolate binge – independent experts say more research is needed to clarify the link. Eating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is associated with lowered heart disease and stroke […]

Sugar & dental health – TVNZ Sunday

Laura Goodall posted in on March 9th, 2015.

Nelson Dentist Rob Beaglehole’s campaign against sugar-sweetened beverages is the focus of a segment on TVNZ’s Sunday current affairs show. Watch the full clip here. From the Sunday website: Bittersweet – One man’s mission to get rid of our sweet tooth. Eat too much sugar, your teeth will rot. We’ve all had that message drummed […]

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Artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on September 18th, 2014.

A new study published in Nature suggests that consuming commonly used artificial sweeteners may actually increase the body’s post-meal uptake of sugars and the risk of developing glucose intolerance. The Israeli researchers tested a range of non-caloric artificial sweeteners including saccharin, aspartame and sucralose, often used in diet soft drinks and sugar-free desserts, on mice and and collected data from […]

Sugar, obesity and fizzy drinks – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 13th, 2014.

Is sugar a “toxin? Should we tax fizzy drinks? Are the dangers of sugar exaggerated? Sugar, obesity, the role of sugar-sweetened soft drinks — and what should be done about it — are in the spotlight ahead of an international symposium at the University Auckland next week. The Science Media Centre has rounded up the following […]

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