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A new natural, calorie free sweetener - an answer to obesity?

57 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 27 October 2011

Data protection breaches should be punishable by custodial sentences, and the Information Commission's powers enlarged. These are some of the recommendations of the new Justice Committee's report on data protection and referral fees. Winifred Robinson speaks to Justice Committee with Chairman Sir Alan Beith, and Malcolm Tarling from the Association of British Insurers.
York is the home of a pilot to become Britain's first dementia friendly city - we find out what this means.
Stevia is the first calorie free sweetener and set to be approved for use across the EU in a few weeks. So will it answer dieters dreams of eating treats and staying slim, as well as making a lot of money ? We find out, and ask how good the science is that calorie free sweeteners do in fact help you lose weight. We also report on the government's Call to Action on Obesity - will it halt the rise in obesity by 2020 as pledged, and does it put too much emphasis on us, and too little emphasis on the food industry.
We look at the new banks promising a better deal for customers - do they deliver.
And what effect will anticipated changes to solar tariffs mean for green energy.
Presented by Winifred Robinson.

Producer: Rebecca Moore.


8 items
  • Personal Data Theft

    A Commons report says buying and selling personal information without consent is such a serious crime, people found guilty of it should be sent to prison.

  • Dementia without walls

    A new project in York aiming to help local businesses understand how best to serve people with dementia.

  • Artificial Sweetener - Stevia

    It's the holy grail of dieters - a natural sweetener with no calories. So will it help us to lose weight, or just make its manufacturers rich?

  • Obesity Panel

    The Coalition Government has recently announced its new approach to Obesity in a policy document called “Healthy Lives, Healthy People”.

  • New Banks

    There have been calls for more competition in banking since the credit crunch hit in 2007, but the high street is still dominated by the Big Four banks. What's new in the market?

  • Travel Data

    The Government releases new data which may help you avoid traffic jams.

  • Solar Panel Tariffs

    Are the generous deals available to install solar panels about to end?

  • Artificial Sweetener Update

    Response to listeners questions and queries regarding the new natural sweetener.



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