Don't back down on sugar drink fight
THE EDITOR, Sir:
With regard to Kwesi Marshall's guest column 'Don't buy Professor Morrison's sweet talk' (Gleaner, November 11, 2018), all the schoolchildren need is either a ripe banana, or other sweet fruit in season, or some coconut water, and perhaps even Lucozade.
They may even munch on something high-protein like peanuts or eat a little packet of raisins, or dried coconut, and drink lots of cool water, which they should be encouraged to carry and sip along the way.
Hopefully they'll get a bit of breakfast at school, even a sandwich, or fritter, which will tide them over until lunch time. Ripe banana fritter or fish-filled fritter would work.
If the schoolchildren have a sugary drink, it will give them a rush or sugar spike, but by the time they sit before the teacher, they'll crash, lose concentration, and become distracted or sleepy.
Please do not back down on this battle.