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ESL English Lesson: A spoonful of sugar…
David Robinson

“A spoonful of sugar… helps the medicine go down - in a most delightful way.” These lyrics come from the movie Mary Poppins. Is it true?

The World Health Organisation recently urged people to reduce their sugar intake. The new guidelines recommend no more than 10% of a person’s daily energy should come from sugars – around 50g or 12 teaspoons a day. Experts (whoever they are) say that people should aim for 5% - 25g or 6 teaspoons a day. It is said that lowering one’s sugar intake decreases the risk of obesity and tooth decay.

Discussion: Student A questions - 1) What do you think about what you’ve read? 2) Do you know the lyrics to “A spoonful of sugar”? 3) Do you know anyone with diabetes? 4) When did you last go to the dentist? 5) Do you know many obese people? 6) Why don’t obese people go on a diet or cut their sugar levels? Gap Fill - Grammar: whilst / than / though / also / most / with / this / who

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