Students are subjected to the temptation of sugary drinks wherever they go from their school, Chinese tuition agency and any other learning institution. According to the Ministry of Health or MOH, they are mulling about making Singapore the very first country in the planet to ban high sugar content drinks. This is another way for the government to reduce the high sugar intake of every resident in the country since it is the leading reason why people suffer diabetes and obesity.
Now the public opinion is needed by the MOH as well as the Health Promotion Board whether they should ban the sales of drinks with high sugar content such as soda beverages, 3-in-1-mixes and fruit juices, cordials and yogurt drinks.
The main focus is geared towards these drinks because an average person in the country consumes 12 teaspoons of sugar and half of this amount is coming from high-sugar content drinks. One in every four brand of sugar-sweetened drinks has 5.5 teaspoons of sugar and some are even worse than that.
The MOH is currently fishing for public feedback regarding four topics – the first is that they will prohibit the sales of high-sugar drinks, high sugary drinks will have single or tiered tax, labeling for sugar content should be placed on the front as mandate and there should be no advertisements of any form regardless of platforms when it comes to high-sugary drinks.
As of writing, there is already a ban in place by Singapore which means school canteens should not sell high-sugar beverages. A voluntary suggestion made by the organization is to use the Healthier Choice Symbol in order to determine which drinks are actually healthy.
In a recent statement coming from MOH, when a person consumers 250 ml of sugar loaded drinks they raise their chances of acquiring diabetes higher by 18 to 26 per cent. WHO backed that in order for the human to survive it is not necessary to consume sugar at all. Experts are supporting the ban from schools, Chinese tuition agencies and learning institutions.