The South African Sugar Association (“SASA”) lodged a complaint with the ASA against a print advertisement for Solal's Naturally Sweet product, which appeared, inter alia, in The Star of 28 September 2009.
The advertisement is headed, “Too much sugar or artificial sweeteners can cause cancer.” It also states, inter alia, “For a long time it has been known that a diet high in sugar can cause weight-gain, diabetes and sugar-shock (tiredness about 1 hour after eating or drinking something sweet). More recently, research conducted in 2008 and 2009 has shown that sugar excess can suppress your immune system and increase the risk of developing cancer.” The latter sentence is referenced to two articles.
How did the ASA rule?
"Accordingly, the respondent’s claims are unsubstantiated and therefore in contravention of Clause 4.1 of Section II."