The Malaysian government announced that sugar supply in domestic market will be increased by another 10% from 1 July 2010 up to Hari Raya Puasa in September 2010. Sugar supply was increased by 5% last month (May 2010). (The Star 30 June 2010).
Accordingly, the 15% increase in sugar production from 100,000 metric tonnes to 115,000 metric tonnes per month would be adequate to meet demand until Hari Raya.
What do all these figures indicate?
First, instead of taking less sugar/food before and during fasting month, Malaysians in general are taking more sugar. This is not a good health indicator.
1 month = 115,000 metric tonnes of sugar = 115,000,000 kilogram of sugar
Malaysian population = 27,000,000
Estimated foreign workers in Malaysia = 3,000,000
Total residents in Malaysia = 30,000,000
115,000,000 kg of sugar/30,000,000 residents
It means that each person is taking 3.8 kg of sugar each month. 3.8 kg = 3,800 gram.
It means about 123 gram of sugar per resident per day.
World Health Organisation and Malaysian Diet Guide recommendation: consume not more than 50 gram of sugar each day (The Sun, 22 March 2010)
White sugar is related to diabetes.
Take care while taking sugar.