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‘Traditional’ fizzy drinks contain more sugar than Coca-Cola!

Sugary Drinks

Several newspapers have recently highlighted research by campaign group Action on Sugar into the sugar content of a range of fizzy drinks. The research found that ‘traditional’ or ‘upmarket’ fizzy drinks such as a variety of ginger beers, elderflower drinks and some Italian fruit drinks contained more sugar per 100ml than Coca-Cola, with some of them containing almost 13 spoons of sugar per bottle!

The harmful effects of sugar on oral health are well documented. Bacteria in your mouth can feed on these sugars and produce acids that can destroy the tooth, lead to dental decay and cavities. The World Health Organisation currently advises adults to consume no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar a day and is considering reducing that to six.

When selecting your summer tipple, we’d suggest you look at the sugar per 100g and switch to a lower, or zero sugar drink, or even better, keep yourself hydrated and caries-free with a cool glass of water!

Waitrose Ginger Beer 13.9g 11
M&S Firey ginger beer 13.8g 11
Sainsbury’s Cloudy lemonade 13.5g 11
San Pellegrino Pompelmo 12.1g 10
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference pink lemonade 12.3g 10
San Pellegrino 11.8g 10
Fentimans Dandelion and Burdock 11.8g 10
Fentimans Cherrytree Cola 11.6g 10
M&S Rhubarb and Custard sparkling drink 11.5g 9
Sainsbury’s lemonade 11.5g 9
Fentimans Traditional Curiosity Cola 11.3g 9
Shloer white grape, apple and cranberry 11.3g 9
Waitrose sparkling lemonade 10.8g 9
Sainsbury’s Classic Cola 10.8g 9
Shloer white grape and elderflower 10.7g 9
Essential Waitrose Cola 10.7g 9
M&S cola 10.7g 9
Coca-Cola 10.6g 9
Waitrose cream soda 10.6g 9
Pepsi cola 10.6g 9

Source: Action on Sugar

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