Singapores bans soft drink ads

We talk about this issue as it encourages healthier choices.

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The Singaporean government has banned soft drink and juice ads in their country as it contains too much sugar. These ads are banned from mainstream media such as TV and magazines and newspapers. It was in an effort to curb rising rates of diabetes due to lots of unhealthy food and drinks offered at their hawker food court. It was via this link that we found out. This is a really good move on their part as too many people have diabetes.

It is there to encourage healthier choices. Singapore has a lot of hawker markets and stalls that sell these drinks.

Companies will now have to use a new labelling system to warn Singaporeans of how much sugar is in the drinks. These will be on the front of the package to warn people about how much sugar is in that drink. The labels will be colour coded, eg green for good and red for lots of sugar

The ban also extends to Asian bubble teas and other Asian drinks.

Companies will have to reformulate their products to not have any additional sugar in them and they will need to adapt to change. A similar thing has happened in the UK where they cracked down on the marketing of these items.

Should Australia do the same thing?

Yes. We see them everywhere- in hotels, in cinemas and at the shops. If Australia was to curb these ads the better it would be for all of us.

According to Food and Drink business about 1 in 2 Australians drink sugary drinks once a week. About 1 in 11 people consume them daily.

According to the WHO those that consume soft drinks regularly- 1 to 2 cans or more are at risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Boost Juice has a lot of sugar in there. In Australia there is hundreds of Boost Juice stores and you can find them in everywhere from train stations to shopping malls. The people think Boost Juice is healthy but it actually isn’t.

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