Talking Point: Would taxing sugar and salt while prescribing vegetables transform our diets?

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Boris Johnson says he is ‘not attracted’ to a sugar and salt tax (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)
Boris Johnson says he is ‘not attracted’ to a sugar and salt tax (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)

Boris Johnson today rejected a proposal to tax sugary and salty foods while prescribing vegetables on the NHS.

The plan was put forward by Henry Dimbleby, who said action was needed for the public to break the “junk food cycle”.

The Prime Minister, however, said he was “not attracted” to the idea of extra taxes “on hard working people”.

But even if the plans were put into place, do you think that taxing sugary and salty food would transform our diets? Or is it a misguided policy attempting to solve a more complex problem?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments to feature on our website tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Talking Point: How do you feel about masks remaining mandatory on TfL?

You had a mixture of opinions about compulsory face coverings on public transport.

Some were positive about the continuing rules. FutureSoundOfLondon said: “Definitely welcome it. It is essential for getting London’s economy moving again.”

Others felt the opposite. CyclingLondoner said: “Very much against mandatory masks in any setting. It needs to be individual choice. I fear they are here forever now.”

Acrombile, meanwhile, fell somewhere down the middle: “Boris had the right balance,in donning one on busy trains,but not on quiet trains where it could be just you and one other in a carriage and would like all train operators to keep to Boris` spirit in all this.”

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