Don't stop at bold sugar talk

Don't stop at bold sugar talk

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I wish to congratulate the minister of health, Christopher Tufton, for his very timely and bold proclamation restricting the volume of sugar in drinks sold to children commencing with the the top limit of six grams per 100 millilitres, which is the equivalent of 3.33 oz.

However, I would rather see the specification set for the average standard volume of sugary drinks sold on the market to make it easy for the average person to verify the authenticity of the drink label specification.

Drinks usually come in volumes of 8, 12 or 16 0z. This should be translated on the product label to millilitres.

Additionally, I am disappointed that the plan is just to reduce the processed sugar content. It should rather seek to incentivise manufacturers to incorporate natural indigenous fruits and vegetables in their drinks, thus increasing the nutritional value which should be the underlying objective of all nutritional protocol for children. This will assist in stemming the obesity epidemic which leads to diabetes, hypertension and arthritis.

It is in this regard that I beg the minister to revisit this subject.

Dr J D Wood

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