Britain leads the rest of the world in consumption of ready meals. Our trust in the manufacturers of processed foods and drinks would be touching if it was not so harmfully misplaced.
Time and again, those processed food and drink manufacturers have been shown to be far more concerned about maximising and protecting their profits than they are about the health of their customers.
Their most profitable ingredient is also their most deadly – sugar. Like salt, it is a cheap but unhealthy ingredient that can be used to bulk out cereals, yoghurts, cooking sauces, fizzy drinks, cakes, biscuits and, of course, ready meals.
In the early 1970s, a British scientist called John Yudkin published a book of his research into the impact of sugar in our diet. Called “Pure, White and Deadly”, Yudkin’s book set out the evidence linking sugar consumption with health problems, in particular coronary heart…
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