HOW WILL THE SODA TAX AFFECT YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH?

Qualified nutritionists share their take on the issue.
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Marissa Parry, nutrition and fitness coach

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“I think a tax intervention on sugary food will work. I understand that the government has lowered the ceiling price for sugar due to a world sugar price drop, and that’s fine. But in light of wellness and health, we need to look at a tax scheme in the hope that we can educate the public that items that contain too much sugar are not necessary to the diet,” explains Marissa.

Giving iced-lemon tea, and other sugary, high calorie drinks as examples, Marissa says that the government can start off by applying a form of “sugar tax” on sweetened drinks. “Just a tax on soda isn’t going to cut it. What about other drinks laden in processed sugar? Eventually, the  government can also look into implementing tax on foods that contain high levels of processed sugar, basically junk food,” she says.

Marissa adds that the government should also hold more awareness campaigns on the dangers of sugar, and talk more about the benefits of whole foods, to combat diabetes and obesity.

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