KUALA LUMPUR – A recent media video shared by a doctor who highlighted the content of sugar in Milo and slammed it for causing obesity went viral in the social media.
Following that, Nestle appeared in a media conference today to defend its product.
According to the Chairman of Halal Committee in Nestle Othman Md Yusoff, Milo should be consumed without the addition of condensed milk or sugar.
Hence, he recommended the public to consume the beverage as per the recommendations written on its packaging.
“We have stated the preparations of Milo as five teaspoon of Milo with 200 millilitres of hot water.
“Unfortunately, many people add on condensed milk and sugar too. That makes it unhealthy,” he said in a joint-media conference with the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) today.
Meanwhile, he also admitted the sugar content in Milo is 40 percent. However, Othman reminded that once it is diluted with water, the sugar content becomes only six percent.
Thus, he said, the video which questioned the sugar content in the product is meant to confuse the people.
“To me, Milo is a healthy beverage.
“It is true that it is written 40 percent of sugar on the product’s packaging, where 20 percent of it is from milk, lactose and malt.
“After adding 200 millilitres of water to five teaspoon of Milo, the sugar content becomes only six percent, with three percent of it coming from milk and another three percent from sucrose (sugar).
“The 40 percent rate is the powder on its own, without adding on any water. Hence, the fact it, only six percent of sugar is being consumed in a cup of 200 millilitres of Milo. The viral video is confusing the public,” he added.
The video received a lot of attentions when it has reached 355,000 views in Facebook and shared 18,000 times. -MalaysiaGazette