CAP reveals bitter truth about 3-in-1 drinks

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysians who are already consuming an average of 24 teaspoons of sugar a day should stay away from the 3-in-1 beverages as each sachet contains up to four teaspoons of sugar.

This advice comes from the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP).

CAP president S.M. Mohd Idris said: “Each 3-in-1 sachet contains up to four teaspoons of sugar and the high sugar content in such beverages is harmful to health.”

He said Malaysians were already consuming 24 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is more than the eight teaspoons recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“With another three sachets of these beverages every day, they are adding 12 teaspoons of sugar, thereby exceeding the recommended content by 450%,” he said at a press conference here yesterday.

He added that the glucose from the sugar gave a “sugar rush” which deceived people into believing they had more energy.

Mohd Idris explained that more energy could be obtained from a balanced diet rather than relying on such beverages.

“I urge the public to opt for healthier drinks such as soya milk, fruit juices and even warm water,” he said.

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