Home > Diet and nutrition > Beverages Beverages All sections in Diet and Nutrition » Beverages » Healthy Diets » Healthy foods » Nutrition Basics » The Immune System » Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements » Weight loss » Diet and Nutrition News » Food Safety Bring on sugar tax say SA's top health experts The government must not succumb to the pressure of the beverage industry when discussing the sugar sweetened beverage tax, says the Public Health Community of South Africa coalition. Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » Don't get into these bad winter habits 10 foods to boost your immune system Sugar tax could save South Africa billions in diabetes costs Calculations by University of Witwatersrand researchers suggest that a 20 percent tax on sweetened beverages could save South Africa R10 billion over the next 20 years in costs related to type 2 diabetes. Flavoured water is full of sugar South Africans should not be fooled into thinking that flavoured water is as healthy as still, sparkling or ordinary tap water. Sugar tax gets sweet support in News24 poll The announcement of South Africa introducing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages has garnered significant support, according to a snap vote on News24. Sugary drinks may increase belly fat Participants in a study group who drank at least one sugar-sweetened beverage every day showed the greatest increase in visceral fat over the next six years. Sugary drinks - the top most read on Health24 The most sugary drinks that South Africans indulge in has topped the list of most read stories on Health24 in 2015. Check out what other stories readers found interesting. 4 reasons to drink more water Are you drinking enough water? Read this and then go and refill your water bottle. Daily caffeine may not push up your heart beat Coffee lovers may not experience heart problems from daily coffee intake – this challenges current medical thinking Rooibos makes cocktails healthier Swapping calorie-rich cocktail ingredients for rooibos tea offers both slimming and disease-preventing benefits. Tips for the festive season holidays REHIDRAT® Sport gives some holiday tips to help ensure the whole family enjoys the holiday. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Top tips for beating PMS now Win a spa voucher worth R1000! Don't let PMS get you down Four tips for healthy winter hair Live healthier The struggle is real » 5 things to know before taking an antihistamine How to cope with seasonal allergies 15 tips for students with allergies For university students, moving out of home can be daunting at the best of times but for those with severe allergies or asthma, it may feel close to impossible. Coffee and wine for the win! » Could heartburn drugs upset your 'good' gut bacteria? Life is a gut reaction Good news! Coffee & wine may promote a healthy gut Diverse bacteria help your gut stay healthy. Here's how what you eat and drink can help or harm that balance - and it's not all bad news.