IELTS, TOEFL and PTE Academic Writing Task, the Essay
The Essay Question:
Many manufactured food and drink products contain high levels of sugar which causes many health problems. Sugary products should be made more expensive to encourage people to consume less sugar.
Do you agree or disagree ?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It is a fact that several eatables and drinks that are produced possess large amounts of carbohydrates which lead to a lot of health related issues and hence their prices ought to be raised to discourage its usage. I agree that doing so would make people take lesser sweet products.
To begin with increased price of sweetened drinks or food items, fewer people would be able to afford them. People would then have less of them as majority of the people are price conscious. According to report published by BMC Public Health in Taiwan, there was a drop of 10% in the use of cigarettes when the cost was raised. Similar result would be seen for sugar containing products as well.
Furthermore, people would seek cheaper options when prices of sugary drinks and food items go up. Money is a constraint for many and people may even fulfil this need by preparing them at home. For example, when people could not afford many food products during the pandemic, several YouTube chanenels that showed and guided viewers on making healthy delicacies like cake, pastries, ice creams and so on, using healthy ingredients such as dates at home, gained popularity.
Nevertheless, stepping up of the cost of sweet foods and drinks, will not affect the rich. They would have them notwithstanding the escalation of prices, well knowing that it could be harmful.
To conclude, sweetened foods and drinks do have a great quantity of sugars which are detrimental to health and I believe that majority of the people barring the rich, would cut down its consumption if their prices are increased.