§ Mr. Couchman
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 December 1991,Official Report, column 54, if he will list the scientific references which led the health education authority to conclude that dried fruits contain non-milk extrinsic sugars.
§ Mr. Dorrell
During the process of drying, the cells of fresh fruit lose integrity and undergo structural changes, thus converting their intrinsic sugars to an extrinsic form as defined by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy.
The scientific principles of these processes are well established and described in basic food technology text books.