Ye­men reaches ‘a Cut­ting sugar is point of no re­turn’ the healthy choice

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Ru­gen Pil­lay Sandile Ntuli

NE­GO­TI­A­TION is the best so­lu­tion and there must be hu­man­i­tar­ian in­ter­ven­tion be­fore Ye­men sinks fur­ther into the abyss.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­cent weapons deal with the Saudis is only the lat­est ex­am­ple of our un­crit­i­cal sup­port for their bloody regime. The US re­stocks Saudi weapon stock­piles and fu­els its planes, send­ing the mes­sage that the US sup­ports a deadly war. The US and the UK have been pro­vid­ing the bulk of the mil­i­tary weapons used by Saudi Ara­bia in the war.

The UK has li­censed weapons worth £3.3 bil­lion (R56 bil­lion) since the be­gin­ning of Saudi Ara­bia’s war on Ye­men in March 2015. Ye­men is “at the point of no re­turn” af­ter new fig­ures re­leased by the UN show 17 mil­lion peo­ple are fac­ing se­vere food in­se­cu­rity and with­out ur­gent help will fall prey to famine. About 6.8 mil­lion peo­ple are deemed to be in a state of emer­gency – one step from famine on the five-point in­te­grated food se­cu­rity phase clas­si­fi­ca­tion with a fur­ther 10.2 mil­lion in cri­sis.

Like those of drowned Syr­ian tod­dler Alan Kurdi, or Aleppo boy Om­ran Daqneesh in the back of an am­bu­lance, the images of ema­ci­ated 18-year-old Ye­meni woman Saida Ah­mad Baghili ask a ne­glected ques­tion: how did we get here? Dur­ban North AF­TER read­ing about the much-feared sugar tax, I was shocked by the amount of sugar con­tained in a slice of bread − half a tea­spoon! A can of cold drink has about three tea­spoons of sugar!

Our love for sugar has even seen peo­ple add sugar to Amasi, which in my book is tan­ta­mount to adding tea­spoons of salt to cus­tard!

When you re­alise how much sugar you con­sume daily, it’s enough to make you drop that koek­sis­ter. So, armed with this knowl­edge, I gave my­self the chal­lenge of elim­i­nat­ing sugar com­pletely from my tea and cof­fee.

That was a year ago and I haven’t looked back. Do I some­times miss sweet­ened tea/cof­fee the same way you’d miss your first school crush? Hardly.

When I eat a jam sand­wich or cake, I’ve no­ticed how the sugar in the sand­wich or the cake com­pen­sates for the sugar I’ve elim­i­nated in my hot bev­er­age. The up­side?

I haven’t had to buy sugar in months, mean­ing I have some spare change for a change. Why don’t you take up the chal­lenge as well? You won’t re­gret it.

I haven’t had to buy sugar in months


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