6 SEPTEMBER - EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
There's an urgent need to take action against all added sugars in our food.
People with the same agenda have gathered during the SugarSummit, organized by SugarWise in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Summary of the SugarSummit written by Mrs. Shay Klomp-Bueters,
A Dutch - American Sugar Rebel, Innovative Nutrition Educator & dynamic speaker at Contagiously Healthy!
The summit kicked off with British Labour Party politician, Keith Vaz sharing a shocking statistic “If no action is taken, the IDF estimates that by 2040, there will be 642 million people living with diabetes, an increase of over 50% compared with today's figure." He also highlighted that what needs to happen is a shift of focus – to prevention, which is also the responsibility of the policy holders, the food manufactures and soda companies.
Rend Platings of SugarWise shared her dedication to creating the Sugarwise Label upon learning that if we do nothing our children will not live as long as us. When her daughter was 1 and 1/2 years old, she moved forward and in just a year time, has made huge strides with Sugarwise, and creating the #sugarsummit!
Dr. Jim Painter, Professor Emeritus at EIU, in Texas, enthusiastically highlighted how sugar functions in the body, in particular when you take the fiber out of the whole fruit, to create a juice and dry it down into a powder to make a sweet taste... it is JUST SUGAR.
Sven Algoet, Owner and Founder of SWEET-SWITCH, is one father on a mission to bring healthy treats to the marketplace. He sources 98.5% stevia from Paraguay and has reduced the sweetness in his products by 20%. He, and his CTO (Chief Tasting Officer) aka: his daughter, shared his products which are refined sugar free, and the majority gluten and dairy free as well. They are currently available in 40 different countries from Norway to Spain, and from Mexico to Eastern Europe & the Middle East, as well as several Indian Ocean Islands to Australia. They are based in Belgium and will be available in a range of other countries in the coming months! http://www.sweet-switch.com/
Farzana Kazi-Hossain, is another health food entrepreneur, of TReat-guiltfree essentials who started as a small home based bakery creating delicious healthy treats aimed for the gluten free community, which has expanded to accommodate other dietary needs such as vegan, sugar free, nut-free mixes which are currently to be found in grocery stores in the UK. http://glutenfreetreat.co.uk/
There were many companies represented – from the sugar, soda and even the artificial sugar industry which made for some healthy discussion as well as some thought-provoking questions to truly start making an impact!
Now it is up to all of us: politicians, parents, retailers, manufacturers to do our share and give our children the possibility to lead a delicious & healthy life!