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CDU politician calls for sugar tax - a diabetes tsunami threatens
Caries, obesity, high blood pressure: sugar makes you sick. Above all, however, experts are concerned about the increase in diabetes-related illnesses due to high sugar consumption. Now a politician from the government faction is also calling for legislative changes to put more pressure on the food industry.
One in four Germans could have diabetes by 2030
More and more Germans suffer from diabetes. According to the German Diabetes Society (DDG), more than six million people are being treated nationwide for the metabolic disease. More and more children are also affected. As the CDU health politician Dietrich Monstadt told ZDF magazine "Frontal 21", estimates assume that by 2030 a quarter of all Germans may have Type II diabetes. The member of the Bundestag calls for the introduction of a sugar tax.
Health politician warns of "diabetes tsunami"
"A diabetes tsunami is rolling towards us," says Monstadt. "I am a supporter of the sugar tax in order to raise awareness of this problem," said the health politician, who himself has diabetes.
He is attacking the policies of the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt (CSU), who rejects this means of reducing sugar consumption and has been relying on voluntary agreements in the industry for years - despite harsh criticism from medical associations and consumer protection organizations.
However, Monstadt said: “Voluntary commitments do not work. Then only legislative intervention remains. ”The politician also explained:“ The taxation of alcopops worked and we are also successful with legislative measures when it comes to smoking. ”
Many Germans against sugar tax
Diabetes prevention through higher taxes has been discussed for years. In some countries there is already a sugar tax. However, the majority of Germans reject the sugar tax, as a survey by the DAK Health showed.
Last year, the Food, Beverage and Catering Union (NGG) also spoke out against a fat and sugar tax.
European recommendations far too high
Another problem is that sugar is hidden in many processed products in which you would not expect it. Monstadt called for food - contrary to the previous regulations - to be labeled more clearly.
For the nutritional table, which must be printed on the packaging from December 2016, the EU specifies a recommended daily intake of 90 grams of sugar. "I think that is too high, 50 grams are appropriate, even 25 grams are better," says Monstadt. It is based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
No more than six teaspoons of sugar a day
The WHO had only called for special taxes on sugary drinks in October to combat obesity worldwide. According to doctors and researchers, such soft drinks are often the cause of overweight and obesity.
The WHO, which had long recommended that a maximum of ten percent of the daily calorie intake should consist of sugar, is now advocating lowering the limit to five percent. This corresponds to about 25 grams, about six small teaspoons of sugar a day. A conventional soft drink contains an average of about ten teaspoons of sugar. (ad)