THE price you pay for chocolate and sweets could be set to go up if politicians pay attention to a new study.
Scientists writing in BMJ Open say that the recent tax increase on sugary drinks should be copied for sweets, chocolate, cakes and biscuits. If the Government increased the tax on these sugary foods, the report claims that it would have greater health benefits than the sugary drinks tax.
The researchers looked at shopping records for more than 32,000 households.
They found that people were getting more calories from sugary foods than sugary drinks. The data also showed that small price increases meant people bought fewer sugary treats.
Although the researchers say that it’s quite difficult to predict the effect of tax rises, it seems like the nation’s health could be improved if sugary foods were more expensive.
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