At a time when NCP chief Sharad Pawar has come under attack over rise in prices of sugar and other essential commodities, the party magazine 'Rashtravadi' has said that "no one dies due to not eating sugar" and it is not necessary that everyone consumes it.
"Doctors say eating excess sugar and salt is akin to poison," the magazine, whose managing editor is NCP state unit President Madhukar Pichad, says in an editorial in its latest issue.
"No one dies due to not eating sugar. On the other hand, by eating items made from sugar, diabetes increases. So, it is not necessary that everyone consumes sugar," the editorial said.
The magazine is edited by Dr Sudhir Bhongale, a former journalist.
The write-up said the total expenditure on sugar and food items is comparatively less -- around 10 to 12 per cent.
"The expenditure is on cosmetics, vehicles, fuel, entertainment, hobbies and luxury items but no one says a word on rising prices of these items," it said.
"Those with diabetes don't eat sugar but they still live," the editorial said, asking people to "keep in mind the situation and adjust their habits accordingly."