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Thailand: Consumption plunges after sugar tax imposed

A monk checking out a display showing the sugar content of various drinks at a hospital in Bangkok. Latest available data on the website of the Office of the Cane and Sugar Board shows Thais' sugar consumption from January to September last year was
A monk checking out a display showing the sugar content of various drinks at a hospital in Bangkok. Latest available data on the website of the Office of the Cane and Sugar Board shows Thais' sugar consumption from January to September last year was 2.13 million tonnes, a 3 per cent drop from the same period a year before.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Consumption of sugar in Thailand fell after the kingdom introduced a tax on sugary beverages in 2017.

The average Thai person consumed about 26 teaspoons of sugar every day, health officials revealed in 2015. While the sugar is found in snacks and everyday foods such as noodles, most of it is consumed through pre-packed beverages.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'Thailand: Consumption plunges after sugar tax imposed '. Print Edition | Subscribe