Letters to the Editor

After slaying the sugar demon, then what?

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!

Dear Editor,

I have some sympathy for the Health Ministry's campaign against too much sugar.

Sugar's role in the obesity epidemic has been elevated to a place that might amount to oversimplification of a far more complex matter.

That sugar plays a role in obesity has been established beyond question, but demonising it might lead to disillusionment.

I wonder what is to be used as a sweetener in its place. Will we stop drinking sweetened drinks, or will we use other sweeteners? What about their issues?

I caution Health Minister Christopher Tufton as he leads the charge to slay the sugar dragon: Beware, lest you replace it with a greater evil. Many of these other sweeteners are synthetic products, with terrible side effects reportedly linked to their use.

Is the Ministry of Health considering what happens as a consequence of a “successful” anti-sugar fight? I note the ads encouraging us to drink water. I support that call, but should we drink nothing but water? What sweetens those “other” things?

Michael Nicholson


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon