Thursday, 24 August 2017

Soft drink producers have been cutting sugar from products ‘over the years

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Major soft drinks producers said that they have been cutting down their products’ sugar content over the years, and only a handful of products currently exceed the 12-per-cent sugar cap that the industry will commit to by 2020.

F&N Foods general manager Jennifer See said that over the last 12 years, the company has slashed the sugar content of its products by 29%. Among other things, it rolled out healthier options including sugar-free, reduced-sugar and low-fat variants, as well as beverages with low Glycemic Index, which measures the impact of foods on blood sugar.

At Pokka, more than 40% of its drinks contain 6% or less sugar, Pokka International chief executive Alain Ong said.

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Voices: 24-hour food outlets, delivery services a challenge to healthy eating

I agree with the writer that food sellers or providers are among the key stakeholders to help people lead a healthy lifestyle. (“Time to work together on plans for a healthy lifestyle”; Aug 22).

Still, there are challenges when we try to eat healthily and eat less, particularly when food is within easy reach. In Singapore, we have quite a number of 24-hour food outlets or supper spots, and one can hardly go to bed hungry.

A sample study in the past by a university here showed that poor eating patterns among children might have contributed to high obesity levels, leading to serious diseases, including diabetes, in the later stage of their lives. The research also touched on the easy access of food shops when people eat out.

I am not against having such conveniences, but the authorities may need to review if we are having too many of such eateries outside of tourist spots or industrial zones.

I believe tourists and shift workers will need to eat at odd hours of the day and having such eateries makes sense.

For the rest of the population, are they really necessary?

Now we do not even have to leave home for food, as we can use our smartphones or computers to take advantage of food delivery services. This just means that people will risk becoming less active physically.



Forum: Time to make choping an offence

The couple that abused the elderly man at a hawker centre - Mr Chow Chuin Yee and Ms Tay Puay Leng - have been punished by the court and society (Public backlash 'making us live like fugitives'; Aug 13).

They have regretted their follies and apologised. No one is infallible. It is time for us to give them a second chance and allow them to move on with their private lives.

Now that matters have cooled down, it is time for the authorities to decide if the act of "choping" seats should be allowed to carry on unabated.

This matter should not be treated frivolously or brushed aside.

The choping of seats using tissue paper, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, newspapers, magazines and so forth is very common in hawker centres, foodcourts and other public eateries.

In some instances, a table meant for four would be choped by two people. This is selfish.

Sadly, over the years, this has become an accepted culture here.

However, this should not be the case. In public eateries, getting seats should be on a first come, first served basis. No one has an inalienable right to a seat just because he has placed an object on the table.

This chope culture is not confined to eateries - MRT trains and buses also suffer from this, when young people brazenly occupy seats reserved for the infirm, pregnant women and the elderly (Don't tolerate decline of civility and disrespect of the aged, by Mr John Driscoll; Aug 16).

Singapore is a First World nation and is held in high esteem internationally. Let us not let this choping culture destroy our hard-earned image.

I urge the authorities to intervene and pass a law to make choping an offence, and take to task those who violate the rules.

Pavithran Vidyadharan


Exceptional people: From 90kg to 50kg, thanks to exercise, zumba

Zumba instructor Sim Hui Churn is a healthy 50kg now, but four years ago, she tipped the scales at almost 90kg.

She had been too tired from work to make healthy lifestyle changes, and instead tried a slimming programme in 2011. She lost more than 30kg - but she gained back the weight within a year.

She realised she needed a bigger change. She signed up in 2013 for the Health Promotion Board's (HPB) Lose To Win programme and other exercise classes concurrently.

Within three months, she lost 20kg after exercising every day, but that was only the start. She also chanced upon a new passion - zumba - after signing up for her company's eight- week programme and is a full-time zumba instructor now.


Teenagers put their lives on the edge of 16th-storey ledge

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A group of lower secondary students were seen flirting with danger on a 16th-storey ledge at Riversound Residence in Sengkang on Monday.

Lesson to be learnt:
A resident said the teenagers should be educated about how they are risking their lives by doing dangerous acts.

"The right approach could prevent these kids from committing silly acts that could result in death," he said.