We may now have the sugar tax, but of course what most of the soft drink suppliers have done is substitute other sweeteners for sugar (which we have consumed for about 500 years).
I’m unaware of any trials that suggest the alternative sweeteners are in fact either any better or even good for us at all but willy-nilly and without government attention they have been substituted, particularly by soft drink suppliers.
We are all gullible. I have to confess I recently bought a can of baked beans labelled ‘no added sugar’ and felt suitably pleased with myself. Only to discover on the label of ingredients when I finally got it home and read it, the secret ingredient, Steviol. So no added sugar – just added Steviol instead. I shall not be a repeat purchaser.
We now have a study suggesting that aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k cause the bacteria found in the digestive system to become toxic when exposed to concentrations of only one mg./ml. of these sweeteners.
The sugar tax, is on this basis a blatant own goal.
I fear the answer to ‘Did our government not check or indeed do any research?’ is, obviously not.