[LISTEN] ‘Sugar tax limits sugar intake’

Research Leader for biofortification at Institute for Food Professor Hettie Schonfeldt says looking at other countries, there is clear evidence that people do reduce their sugar intake if there is a sugar tax.

JOHANNESBURG - Research Leader for biofortification at Institute for Food Professor Hettie Schonfeldt says looking at other countries, there is clear evidence that people do reduce their sugar intake if there is a sugar tax.

In South Africa, 38% of females are obese and 15% of males are obese and Schonfeldt says obesity is linked to the development of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Lawmakers think it's a good idea to consider amending the Sugar Act of 1978 so that other associations can be empowered in the legislation.

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