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Should Sugary Eatables Be Made More Expensive?

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Many manufactured food and drink products contain high levels of sugar, which causes many health problems. Sugary products should be made more expensive to encourage people to consume less sugar.

Do you agree or disagree?

It is undeniable that packaged eatables consist of disproportionate quantities of sweeteners which can be severely detrimental for one’s health. Owing to this, some experts recommend to make such items costlier as that can discourage people to eat less of sugar. However, I agree to this statement only to some extent.

To commence with, hike in the price of sugary products can affect their consumption as that might lead to a reduction in the demand. An increased cost might make these items unaffordable for some people. Thus, people might be discouraged to buy and might end up consuming less automatically.

Nonetheless, raising the price of sugary food items may not influence a majority of population to cut down their sugar consumption. Whether people will purchase less or not will depend on the proportion of increase. A nominal increase might not reduce demand as some people can still afford. Likewise, some addicts of sugar will continue to buy even costlier edibles. Hence, there might be no change in the buying behaviour of consumers.

In addition to the above, an increase in price will make even some daily essentials expensive because even bread comes under sugary items. Thereby, rather than positive, this will affect some people badly and lead to hunger, especially the lower income group. By the same token, alone price hike cannot bring change, generating awareness is the need of the hour to make some tangible difference.

To sum up, regular consumption of high proportion of sugar can take a toll on the body, making it prone to several diseases. Therefore, the consumers need to take the right decisions, despite the price levels.

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