Echo readers back calls for healthier practices across food industry in daily poll
Readers have had their say on the impact of the so-called “sugar tax” as research reveals how the levy has changed beverages since its introduction.
There has been a "striking" reduction in the sugar content of soft drinks since the introduction of the fee, which came into effect in 2018.
We asked in our Facebook poll: “Do you think more companies across the food industry should adopt healthier practices?”
More than 1,100 people took part in our online vote and 83% of readers agreed that more companies should adopt healthier food practices.
This is what you had to say on Facebook:
Donna Crawford said: “It's now frustratingly difficult to find anywhere that sells soft drinks without artificial sweeteners in now.
“All artificial sweeteners cause migraines for me, as is common for many people, and some restaurants, pubs, etc. really don't appreciate you ordering a water if you're driving.”
Elaine Mansell said: “But some have sweeteners that are bad for you.”
John Chick said: “They’ve been getting away with poisoning us for too long. It’s got to a stage where humans need sugar to survive and the companies should be held accountable and fined millions.”
Andy Jan said: “The sugar might have falling but the price seems to stay the same.”
Ken Ellison said: “Less packaging would be good. Put the price of processed food sky high and promote fresh.
“This will in turn help our farmers and cut down on our carbon footprint waste.”