Saturday, March 08, 2008
LibDems on Fruit: Worthy but Misguided
The LibDems have, on the face of it, a rather good idea when they say they want to encourage the consumption of fruit juice. They want to cut VAT on fruit juice from 17.5% to 5%. Full story HERE. The trouble is, fruit juice is not quite as healthy as you might think. Most fruit juices you buy in the supermarket or in a pub contain absolutely enormous amounts of sugar. I don't drink tea, coffee, or alcohol. My staple diet consisted of copious amounts of fruit juice (along with, I must admit, fizzy drinks). Since being diagnosed with diabetes I have had to give up these pleasures and now make my own fruit juice in a juicer. As someone commented earlier: "Without the bulk contained in fruit, the sugar in fruit juice is quickly ingested causing glycaemic shock and increasing the risk of diabetes." Some fruit juices contain more sugar than Coca Cola - and that's saying something. So this polocy is not quite all that it seems. If they wish to encourage the eating of fruit, which would be a very good thing, there must surely be better ways of doing it.