Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Its PotentialHealth Implications in Indonesia

Ratu Ayu D. Sartika, Atmarita, M. I.Zulkarnain Duki, Saptawati Bardosono, Lindawati Wibowo, Widjaja Lukito

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Abstract

The broad availability of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in the Indonesian market is increasing consumption. It, combined with escalating incidence andprevalence of diabetes and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the ongoing debate on policies, has called for a comprehensive review as described in this study. Data was compiled from various sources but mainly gathered from the reported or published documents because of no direct access tothe necessary data set. The lack of studies that assessed the direct relationship between SSB consumption and health outcomes in the Indonesian contextalso became a strong reason for the preparation of this review to highlight important points for further research, academic reviews, and debates on empiricpolicies to control sugar consumption at the population level. Sociocultural factors were an apparent and crucial determinant of the sweetness preferences ofmainstream Indonesians. They were not capitalized in the available documents and should be embraced in future health promotional measures. Given thehigh contribution of carbohydrates and sugar to total energy intake in the Indonesian diet, it is pertinent to control the increasing trend of SSBs consumptionthrough interventions on both the supply and demand sides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalKesmas
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • access to beverages
  • health outcomes
  • Indonesian consumption
  • sugar-sweetened beverages
  • sweetness preferences

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