In a groundbreaking measure, the NHS is looking into reducing the sales of sugary drinks in hospitals. There is a consultation currently underway that will last for 10 weeks and will determine the feasibility of banning sugar-rich drinks in NHS hospitals.

Obesity among NHS staff

Obesity is a problem among NHS staff, as it is for all areas of the workforce across the UK and many other western countries. Over 700,000 staff in the NHS are overweight or obese, which is a serious health concern. This is especially pertinent considering the NHS is a body designed to improve health.

Food available in hospitals not only affects the health of the staff working there and the patients recovering there but also sends a strong message to everyone about what is and what is not acceptable in terms of food and drink in a health care setting. If NHS hospitals stock ‘bad’ food, this implies it is accepted as part of a healthy lifestyle and recuperation after illness.

NHS recommendations

Sugar affects our health in many ways. ‘Free sugar’, which is classed as both added sugar in pre-prepared food and drink and natural sugar found in fruit juice, is a common sugar we eat too much of. Most people eat a lot of these sugars despite the NHS recommending adults eat no more than 30g of free sugars per day. They are thinking about putting different products on there displays to show what healthy products are available and the selection of Boltless Shelving which is normally located on sites like www.rackzone.ie/shelving/industrial-residential-shelving  helps to advertise clearly and effectively.

Clinical trials surrounding sugar

Clinical trials have been held to look into the consumption of sugar and the potential damage it can do to our bodies. To conduct these trials, the test company is likely to need clinical trial assistants to staff a competent trial. Once running, a trial can determine the contribution that sugar makes to health issues such as diabetes and tooth problems such as decay and acid erosion.

Sugar in food and drink

Sugar is an energy-dense food, which means we get a lot of calories from it but sadly not much nutrition. This means it can contribute to weight gain. Sugar is also responsible for tooth decay. It is not only cola, sweets and sweetened cereals that are to blame for tooth decay; for example, fruit juice is also high in fructose, which is a type of sugar, and can damage teeth over time.