Adding sugar to tea by choice
The Health Ministry denies certain media reports that serving sugar
at hotels, restaurants and tea kiosks is to be banned by the Health
Ministry.The ministry will issue a circular shortly instructing hotels,
restaurants and tea kiosks to serve sugar separately with tea or coffee
without adding sugar to them, a Health Ministry Media Coordinator said.
According to him certain media reports published stating that the
Health Ministry will ban the serving of tea and coffee with sugar but it
is completely inaccurate. The ministry will introduce new rules and
regulations in connection with the way of serving sugar. Under the new
rules and regulations, sugar should be served with tea and coffee, but,
in a separate cup enabling the customer to add the required amount of
sugar into his/her cup of tea or coffee.
The ministry has made this decision considering the rapid increase of
Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country. An excessive intake of
sugar is one of the main factors for this trend. Diabetes is also on the
rise in the country.
Earlier, the ministry discovered that 10 per cent of mothers, 10 per
cent of rural people, 20 per cent of urban people and around 15 percent
of school children (in Colombo city) suffer from diabetics.
"At present, most hotels, restaurants, tea kiosks and canteens sell
tea and coffee with excessive amounts of sugar. They add excessive
amounts of sugar to tea and coffee or do not add sugar at all (depending
on the requests made by customers). Adding moderate amounts of sugar to
tea and coffee never happens", he added.