Malaysia Diabetes Latest News: Teh Tarik Kurang Manis

This is  no surprise to most Malaysians.  According to a Malaysia Health Ministry survey, Malaysians’ favorite teh tarik (tea with sugar and sweetened condensed mik) has way too much sugar. That’s the reason why most of the time, we hear customers at Mamak stalls asking for “teh tarik kurang manis“, rather than just the drink, teh tarik.

Practically, every time we have to remind them less sweet or “kurang manis”. And yet, most of time,  the so-called teh tarik kurang manis is still way too manis (sweet).

As reported in the Malaysian news, a random nationwide survey showed teh tarik contained an average of 4g of sugar more than that recommended by the ministry.

According to Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, its ministry recommends only 8g of sugar per 100ml. But the survey showed sugar content in the drink was at 12g per 100ml.

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Teh Tarik Kurang Manis Demo

Since these days, many Malaysians are fond of demonstrations and rallies, a friend of mine suggested to me in jest that, they should hold peaceful rallies to demand those Mamak stalls to reduce the sugar in teh  tarik.

Personally I do not understand, why must they add sugar in teh  tarik, when the sweetened condensed milk itself in  the drink is sweet  enough. By the way, a teaspoon of sweetened condensed milk contains 62 calories, 2g of saturated fat and over 10 g of carbohydrates (all of which are sugars).

Too Much Sugar cause Diabetes And Obesity
Do you know that Malaysians with diabetes have risen to 20.8 per cent last year (2011), as compared to 14.9 per cent of Malaysians in 2006?

Men Diabetes Impotence
As I have read that it is been estimated that about 40%-80% of diabetic men will experience some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence .  Yes, your glasses teh tarik could leave “your one hanging” in embarrassment and despaired. So, Malaysian men stop hanging around your favorite Mamak stall gulping down those overly-sweet teh tarik.  Otherwise ask for teh kosong (plain tea) or just plain air suam (warm  water).