#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 15°C Saturday 31 October 2020
Advertisement

A Fine Gael senator wants to ban caramel Frappucinos

And cans of Coke, too.

Image: Arnaud de Mouhy via kr

A FINE GAEL senator has called for limits on the amount of sugar that can be put into sweets – a move that would ban cans of Coca Cola.

Catherine Noone says that the amount of sugar in treats should be capped at 20 per cent, in order to comply with World Health Organisation recommendations.

Noone says that people are simply unaware how much sugar they consume.

For example, there are an incredible 9 teaspoons of sugar in a can of cola and 11 in a caramel Frappuccino.

“Even among those who are making a conscious effort to be healthy, many people don’t realise that the low fat options like yogurts, cereal bars, juice boxes etc. are often full of sugar to improve the taste.”

Noone said that the fact that most people didn’t know that how much sugar they were consuming was scary.

“The most terrifying part of the sugar crisis is that the majority of people simply don’t know that it’s happening. Who among us would eat a chocolate bar knowing it contains 60 per cent sugar, never mind give it to our children? The public expect a certain amount of sugar in treats but not over 50 per cent.”

Noone added that the issue should be addressed as a “matter of urgency”.

Read: 11 distinctly Irish nutrition tips

Read next:

COMMENTS (113)