Hard proof for fat and sugar taxers: education works

Well lookie here. ? Turns out that people are getting the message and are making better choices without troughing busybodies or government interference:

Fresh produce has won Kiwi shoppers over in a recent grocery popularity list.

Countdown’s Annual Trolley Report reveals which items make their way into New Zealander’s trolleys most often. It suggests that processed foods are out and fruit and vegetables are in.

Bananas claimed the number one spot in the year to October 2016, pushing 2015’s winner Homebrand $1 white bread down to second place.

Bananas still are one of nature’s pre-packaged superfoods. ?

Avocados also crept into the top five trolley items taking out the fourth spot. Last year’s small crop but high consumer demand saw avocado prices rise nearly 6 per cent from an average of $4.48 each in June 2016 compared to $1.64 the previous year.

Other top sellers included broccoli, sweetcorn, strawberries, cucumber and red capsicum.

Shoppers tended to opt for cheaper household staples with Homebrand Standard 2 litre and 3 litre milk being the only dairy products to make the cut.

No meat products featured on the list, however, chicken was the most popular option in the meat aisle.

Nutritionist Nellie Pigot believes fresh produce popularity is the result of global health food trends.

“There is a growing awareness through sources such as the media, social networks, the explosion of healthy cafes and better stocked supermarkets around New Zealand of the importance of eating a healthy diet,” Pigot said.

There is the hard proof that it is education and not taxes that will make people healthier. ?Because everyone knows deep, deep down that a bottle of sugar-laden softdrink that costs $3.50 instead of $2.95 is still going to sell at the same kind of volumes.

The tax-and-spend academic who rely on government funds to carry out their job are in a feedback loop where they will only get more money if they can make the problem look real and out of control.

It clearly isn’t.


– Madison Reidy & Anuja Nadkarni, Stuff