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Sugar consumption stagnant in India; need to bust myths about its use: Govt

Pandey mentioned there’s additionally “misunderstanding” about Indian sugar overseas that it’s inferior to Brazilian and Thai sugar, which isn’t the case.

Food secretary Sudhanshu Pandey on Wednesday underlined the need to deal with the “myths and misgivings” about sugar consumption in India and likewise deal with misunderstanding about Indian sugar overseas.

Speaking on the launch of the portal (https://meetha.org) of the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), he identified that whereas India is among the many largest producers of sugar, its per capita consumption remained stagnant at 19 kg for the previous three years, a lot decrease than the world’s common at 23.5 kg.

The nation’s annual sugar consumption stood at 25-26 million tonne, whereas manufacturing reached 27.5 million tonne in the 2019-20 season ending September. “There are a lot of myths going around about sugar and sugar consumption without scientific basis. This misinformation multiplies much faster than the truth multiplies. Therefore, it is very important to come up with scientific information so that people can make very informed decisions,” Pandey mentioned.

Pandey mentioned there’s additionally “misunderstanding” about Indian sugar overseas that it’s inferior to Brazilian and Thai sugar, which isn’t the case. “To counter false narrative, the ISMA should come out with its portal in international and regional languages for better reach.”

Joint secretary in the meals ministry Subodh Kumar Singh mentioned there’s “a campaign against sugar and sugar products in India that they are harmful and are the main cause of obesity and diabetes”. “We are a sugar producing country and have surplus sugar. But our per capita consumption is very less. This is because rich people who can afford do not want to eat sugar… If sugar is harmful, it should be harmful in all developed and other countries where sugar consumption is more than the world’s average,” he mentioned.

ISMA president Vivek Pittie mentioned sugar has been “victim of misgivings” and added that consuming sugar in limits will not be that unhealthy for well being.

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