Breaking the sugar habit is a tough business and giving up sugar all together may for many consumers be near impossible. But it is however possible to train our palate to accept foods with lower sweetness.
Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) founded in 2001, aims to get Singaporeans to live a healthier life and to cut their sugar intake by nearly a quarter by 2020. In the end of January 2018, they announced that they are drawing up a set of guidelines for food manufacturers to reduce sugar in food and drink.
The Board is looking at ways to replace sugar with natural alternatives. They are working with chefs to translate this science into food the consumers want to eat. Mr Zee Yoong Kang, HPB Chief Executive, said that the board is looking at a set of guidelines to reduce the added sugar in products. Guidelines which could be made more stringent over time. “This has been a process we have seen work with sugar-sweetened beverages”, Mr. Zee said. “By gradually reducing the sugar content over time, it allows for the palates of consumers to adjust.”
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