POSTED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 3:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 11:15am
New policies such as taxes are need to control soaring consumption of sugar and sweetners according to a a University of California team.
Several countries are imposing taxes on unhealthy food; Denmark and Hungary have a tax on saturated fat, while France has approved a tax on soft drinks.
Now, researchers in the US are proposing similar policies for added sugar and sweeteners, amid concern about the amount of sugar in the diet.
The consumption of sugar has tripled worldwide over the past 50 years, with links to obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.
This sugar tax may be a way to stop people from consuming as much unhealthy substances.