'Healthy' raisins can be as bad for children as chocolate bars, Government's food czar warns

RAISINS can be as bad for children as chocolate bars, the Government’s food czar warns today.

Henry Dimbleby said that “healthy” fruity snacks can rot teeth and fuel obesity.

The founder of the Leon Restaurants chain claimed: “Some are being clothed in a veneer of goodness when they may be no better for you than a Mars bar.”

He also blasted Marks & Spencer for boasting its sugar-packed Percy Pigs have “no artificial flavourings”.

Mr Dimbleby, whose review into the UK’s food strategy is out today, added: “If M&S, a great deal more scrupulous than many companies, is guilty of such trickery, you can be sure the practice is ubiquitous.”

M&S replied: “Last year we introduced a range of Percy Pigs with one third less sugar.”

But Mr Dimbleby does insist it is wrong to ban all sugary treats for children, such as cake at ­birthday parties.

He backs the Government’s obesity purge, which bans junk food ads before 9pm and offers on unhealthy food.

His report warns just one per cent of packed lunches are healthy.

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