Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) the world all over, but particularly in lower-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) is in great abundance and are available at our places of work, faith-based gatherings, our markets, and social events including children’s parties. SSBs are not only very available, but they are also cheap.
The rich and the poor can afford to purchase and use them. In homes, one can easily wipe the tears of a crying child as a SSB readily compensates for that cry.
These SSBs are liquids that are sweetened with various forms of added sugars like white or brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose. They usually come in the form of regular soda (not sugar-free), fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened waters, as well as coffee and tea beverages with added sugars.