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What is Really in our Tuck-shop? Annabel Moore Ahhh….. the tuck-shop, a haven of ice-cold drinks, yummy treats and long term health problems? Wait - that wasn’t supposed to feature! Many students visit the tuckshop every day, but what is really in our tuck-shop, and can we do better? The biggest problem is sugar. According to Tannie Mieta (who has worked tirelessly for the tuckshop for the past nine years) the biggest sellers are Coca-Cola and JCs, basically liquid sugar! Dieticians say that the maximum amount of sugar you are allowed to have in a day is 25 grams. Yet a tiny pack of jelly babies already has about double that! That’s excluding all the sugar you put into your coffee, or that your mother uses in her cooking, not to mention the other sweets you have bought already… There is also that matter of hidden sugar. One would

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think that items like Vitamin Water and Energy Bars would be a healthier option? Think again. On average, energy bars have 3 tablespoons of sugar each. And the second most prevalent ingredient in Vitamin Water is sugar. Therefore, these ‘healthier options’ that we thought we were buying, are not so healthy after all. But just because sugar is a problem, it does not mean we can overlook additives, particularly aspartame and E133 or brilliant blue colourant. Firstly, aspartame is rated the most dangerous substance added to any food, in the world. Think about all those horror stories you read about McDonalds; this is what they are talking about. 75% of reactions caused by additives come from the one, the only - aspartame. These reactions were often seizures. It has also been connected to ALS, epilep-

sy, and Parkinson’s disease. Think carefully before you buy a pack of Simba chips next time. Secondly, E133, otherwise known as brilliant blue, is banned in Austria, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, France, and Germany. Here in South Africa, however, we eat them in the form of sour jelly babies, wine gums and Astros. These are hard facts to swallow, but they are the truth. I’m not advising that we eliminate all sweets from the tuck-shop, but how about some healthy changes? Whole-wheat bread instead of white? Ice-cold watermelon instead of a JC. Freshly popped, additive-free popcorn? But it all starts with you. You need to be the change in the tuck-shop, and buy the healthier options. It might be hard, but it is worth it. Let us take a hold of our tuck-shop, let us take a hold of our health!

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