Too many products are 'healthier choice'

Mr Irwin Yeo is correct in saying that the "Healthier Choice" symbol has become ambiguous in meaning (Review criteria for awarding 'Healthier Choice' label; Sept 5).

Singaporeans think that products carrying the symbol are "good for our health".

Manufacturers are slapping the logo on more products as a form of marketing.

It is ludicrous that the same symbol can be found on beverages with less than 6 per cent total sugar and malted milk drinks with higher sugar content, as well as artificially sweetened carbonated drinks.

It confuses Singaporeans, especially diabetics trying to decide what is suitable for them.

Is the Health Promotion Board implying that carbonated drinks are good and healthy?

It needs to clarify the meaning of the label.

The meaning of "Healthier Choice" is no longer clear and the label has become meaningless.

I support Mr Yeo's proposal to create specific labels for products that have specific health benefits, such as "Suitable for diabetics".

The more specific labels will be more informative and helpful to consumers.

This promotes healthy living better than an imprecise endorsement policy that is neither consistent nor educational.

Jonathan Wong Wai Kheong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2017, with the headline 'Too many products are 'healthier choice''. Print Edition | Subscribe