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How Much Sugar Are You Drinking?

Twenty-four regular soft drink consumers participated in a pilot study conducted at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the National University Hospital (NUH). The results showed that the participants were unable to compute the amount of sugar in a can of cola correctly.

However, after being shown a poster designed by a research team from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS, 88 per cent of the study’s participants were able to calculate the amount of sugar present in a can of cola.

Led by Associate Professor Rob van Dam, the team of researchers and NUS High School students are designing posters to make it easier pictorially for consumers to know how much sugar a beverage contains.


To quickly calculate the sugar content of your beverage, use our Singapore Beverage Catalogue.

The posters were inspired by a similar initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, which indicates the sugar level of drinks commonly sold through vending machines, and uses visuals that are easy to understand. Using the gauge of “teaspoons of sugar”, consumers can decide for themselves which beverage contains the least amount of sugar and is the most healthful. The team also plans to study the impact of these posters in reducing excess consumption of high-calorie beverages. Of particular concern is the increased prevalence of obesity and diabetes, which has been linked to the consumption of sweetened beverages, particularly among Asian populations.

As more than 90 per cent of Singapore’s foods are imported, preventive strategies to help curb the rise of obesity and diabetes are required. Singaporean consumers are exposed to nutrition labels from different countries, and the differences in regulation practices may lead to a misconception about the health benefits of the wide variety of drinks available locally. These drinks include imported Western beverages, as well as sweetened Asian beverages, such as barley water, soursop juice and sugarcane juice.


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