Teh tarik, one of Malaysia’s signature beverage and one of the most ordered beverage in Malaysia. It’s consumed by millions on a daily basis. But do we really know what we drink down?
The contents of teh tarik mainly consist of tea leaves and condensed milk, along with sugar or without depending on the consumer’s preference. (Tan, 2013)(eresources)
This beverage is well known for its for its sweetness. Overconsumption of this beverage is well known to be one of the leading causes for obesity and diabetes.
“It is not drinking teh tarik per se that is the cause of stroke among Malaysians, but the high intake of sugar and condensed milk in the drink.” (The Star, 2006)
Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said there are many factors contribute to stroke : high blood pressure, diabetes, excessive cholesterol level and smoking.
Dr Chua advises Malaysians to reduce their sugar intake as he says on average Malaysians consumed about 120mg of sugar in with their daily diet, while the recommended intake was 50mg.
“Malaysians are also eating more than necessary,” he said. Dr Chua said to prevent obesity people should adopt healthy lifestyles, such as eating a balanced diet, exercise, no smoking and coping with stress.”(The Star)
This makes perfect sense. Sugar is used as energy so you might as well put all that excess energy to good use.
Dr. Balwant Singh Bains suggests a change in lifestyle, especially the “teh tarik culture”, is necessary if Malaysians hope to statistically decrease the occurrence of stroke within the next generation. (Ujang, Bernama, 2006)
It is the condensed milk in the teh tarik that is the danger. The sweetness alone from the condensed milk will affect the body over time. (bainsphysio)
But think about it, condensed milk and sugar inside the tea, sounds like a perfect recipe for diabetes right there.
Dr Balwant Singh Bains mentions “poor eating habits, eateries that operate at uncivilised hours, the quality of food, lack of sleep and exercise or wrong exercise made people sick and contributed to the long queues in hospitals.” (thesundaily)
Along with the statement above, the chances of obesity is obviously higher.
Ultimately, teh tarik won’t kill you. But drinking excessive amounts of it along with an unhealthy lifestyle over a period of time can contribute to serious health complications.
If the excess sugar is not utilised within the day, then it contributes to a more unhealthier outcome.
The sugar in the condensed milk alone is the danger. Sugar is not just in teh tarik. How much sugar is too much and how much is too little?
Healthline quotes “At the end of the day, it’s important to figure out the sugar intake that’s right for you.”
Some people can handle a little bit of sugar in their diet, while for others it causes cravings, binge eating, rapid weight gain and disease. Every individual is unique and you need to figure out what works for you.” (healthline)
2nd March 2020 18:30