Netizens pledge to curb sugar intake

  • Nation
  • Monday, 11 Nov 2013

PETALING JAYA: The Star Online has kicked off its Reduce Sugar Pledge campaign with many Netizens pledging to reduce their daily sugar intake.

The campaign, which will run until Nov 21, is to raise awareness about the impact of uncontrolled blood sugar levels on Malaysian pre-diabetics and diabetics.

Netizens also commented on Reduce Sugar Pledge Facebook statuses posted yesterday.

Maridah Mohammad Shah pled­ged that she would not use more than one teaspoonful of sugar in her coffee or tea immediately.


She also promised to exercise more and eat in moderate portions.

Hetish Sharma said that his family started the pledge earlier by consuming brown rice two years ago.

“In our tea, we do not use sugar at all. We only use a spoon of sweetened milk for two mugs of tea. We have started using less oil in our cooking. It takes some time to get used to this change. We have also reduced salt in our cooking,” said Hetish in his comment.

Jesmin Jamar suggested people take fresh fruit juice mixed with lemon and ginger juice to curb sugar intake. She also suggested adding cucumber slices in drinks.

Chen Yew Kuan said that diabetes came from a high consumption of carbohydrates, high protein diet and also alcohol, vaccinations and cigarettes, while lack of exercise is also a contributor.

“These are all poisons that damage the body cells. Drugs is not the answer to diabetes.”

Chen also said forcing blood glucose into body cells with insulin or drugs can result in a drop in blood glucose.

“This causes the cells to become acidic and render them cancerous. Scientists should analyse the reasons for cells not uptaking glucose in the first place,” said Chen.

The Star readers can pledge to control their blood sugar levels during this period. Take part in the interactive discussions on The Star Online’s official Twitter (@thestaronline) and Facebook pages (The Star Online) with #ReduceSugar. Readers can also e-mail their pledges to


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