Society Health Soft drinks, a creeping peril for human consumption

Soft drinks, a creeping peril for human consumption

In 5 years in Cameroon more than 50% of the population will be obese and 35% will have developed cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.


Take a tour now in the cities of Cameroon and even the most remote villages: the supermarket, the bakery or shop the busiest is seen at its entrance by the disposition of these multicolored bottles of soft drinks they present.

There are at least 5 competing brands that attack this consumer market and most have bought the licenses of foreign products to attract more customers. This constant and harsh competition has caused the products to have decreased in cost and increased in volume simultaneously. On the social scale, this has enormous consequences that are not yet measured at once.

Indeed, it has become very easy for a person with 500 F to have 1L of refreshing sweet drink, with his own bottle to take everywhere, something that was reserved at one time only to a rather wealthy category of the population . Today when eating at all meals, you can have your soft drink in hand, in little format, it is the guest of all parties. The large sizes (2L) have conquered the heart of all parents who can thus have a sweet drink to share in acceptable quantity for each and at mini price.

The cans are not to be eliminated from this crusade. However, it should be noted that for the less caloric of these drinks, 100ml brings 40 Kcal so the liter brings us 400 Kcal, that’s to say the energy equivalent of a midday dish that will not be included in our bill of daily food consumption. Consequence: we ingurgitate a quasi-daily extra energy useless that we will not use. It accumulates therefore in the tissues in the form of fat and hello diseases.

The excessive consumption of soft drinks is a new phenomenon in our society and we seize this forum to challenge the political leaders, the Ministers of Health and Commerce to require from brewery companies to write on packaging that “Excessive sugar is harmful to health “.

Mauriane Tiomela
TIOMELA Ngandjoug Mauriane M. is an agri-food engineer specializing in nutritional health and a consultant in sustainable development active in civil society. Her expertise in community health and the science of nutrition is shared by her inspiring publications on healthy eating.
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