Sun | Dec 16, 2018

Don't back down on sugar drink fight

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

 

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.

VONNIE CAMPBELL

vonniecampbell@yahoo.com