The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) is considering a proposal to ban soft drinks in school canteens. It is also thinking to replace these carbonated drinks with healthy alternatives, including flavoured milk and fresh juices. This step is being taken to address the growing health problems associated with high sugar intake among children. This is a great and exemplary decision by the PFA to save the future generation from diseases. Modern day diseases including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, liver and kidney diseases, etc are primarily caused by highly acidic food. Unfortunately, fast food, like carbonated drinks, pizzas and burgers, are available at school canteens.
Soft drinks have adverse effects on children because they contain a variety of ingredients that can be damaging to a child’s health. These are one of the leading causes of children’s stunted growth and their hyperactive behaviour. Banning soft drinks will lead towards positive consequences. There is a dire need to create awareness among the entire nation about the consequences of acidic food and which natural foods should be taken to remove acid build-up. This is necessary to make sure most of our nutrients are from plant-based foods. Eating alkaline foods can lower risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and gout. These foods will remove the acid from the body and balance pH levels. The PFA’s step is commendable. It is hoped that other provinces will follow suit.
Engr Mansoor Ahmed