Report on a seminar to ban sale of soft drinks and junk food
Our parents and teachers always stressed the importance of eating fresh and
nutritional food because they are packed with vitamins and have low fat and
sugar content. In fact, a healthy diet ensures that we do not contract diseases
such as heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and others. Eating
healthily also prolong sour lives.
The recent seminar I had attended also
emphasized the same principles of consuming foods that are rich in nutritional
value. The health experts who spoke at the seminar suggested that students and
teachers should join forces to ban vending machines which sell soft drinks. they
also urge us to make efforts to ensure canteens do not sell junk food.
drinks are spiked with sugar and have no nutritional content. The main
ingredients of these carbonated rinks are water, sugar and colorings which are
harmful to us over the long term. excessive sugar consumption contribute to
diabetes which is life threatening. those who consume too much sugar too are at
risk of becoming obese which can lead to medical complications. Thus, schools
should only allow the presence of vending machines that stock health drinks such
as soy bean milk, yoghurt drink, herbal teas and others. The latter has low
sugar content but rich in protein and carbohydrate.
Junk food or fast food
such as burgers, fries, donuts, cakes, cookies, chocolates and savories are not
good for our health. Junk food contains harmful additives and colorings. Thus,
school canteens should not stock these food. Instead, canteen operators should
be allowed only to sell rice, noodles, pasta, bread, fresh salad and other raw
vegetables as well as fruits and juices.
The experts stress that only through
healthy eating can we ensure students perform well academically. students in
fact waste their parents' money buying food that provides zero health benefits.
The link between eating nutritious food and performance in examinations has been
well established. Junk food only makes a student lethargic as he or she is
deprived of essential vitamins.
The health experts also suggested that the
ministry of education subsidizes food costs at canteen so that students have
access to quality food. It is a common knowledge that nutritionally rich food
tend to be more expensive and thus canteen operators are reluctant to sell them.
However, if the government provides subsidies to these operators as well as food
coupon to make health food more affordable to students, it would be successful
in creating a society which is health conscious.