The Austrian Economics Monthly hosted the webinar The War Against Fats, Salt and Sugar. I introduces the webinar and I chaired the panel of prestigious speakers: Natalia Gonzalez, Antonio O’Mullony, Andrea Poli, Christopher Snowdon.
You can watch the webinar again here on Competere’s page >>> or here below
The event underlined six important points addressing the debate on Fats, Sugar and Salt:
- Consumers’ choice must be empowered;
- Governments and institutions must employ a scientific methodology in policy making and give up ideological approaches;
- Higher taxes on ingredients such as sugar, SAFA, salt have no impact on weight reduction;
- Consumers education and empowerment are the key words;
- A fair labelling system is crucial;
- The food and nutrition system will be dramatically changed by personalized diet approaches.
We should move from a “negative diet” to a “positive nutrition”. It is not necessary to reduce fats, sugar and salt. It is necessary to improve the amount of nutrients in everyone diet (i.e. adding vegetables, fruits, fibers, polyunsaturated fats and so on). In the end, the consumers and the authorities should look at what we need to eat to stay healthy and not at the contrary.
Natalia Gonzalez is the Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs at Libertad y Desarrollo. She is a lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Chicago
Antonio O’Mullony is Research Associate at Civismo, Spain. He is specialized in lifestyle regulation, international trade, and multilateralism and a regular contributor to several newspapers
Andrea Poli is the founder of the Nutrition Foundation of Italy and he has conducted several studies on the implication of fat and sugar on people’s health
Christopher Snowdon is the head of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs. His research focuses on social freedoms, prohibition and policy-based evidence