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!
|DRINK||SUGAR PER 100G||TEASPOONS OF SUGAR PER 300ML SERVING|
|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|
|Fentimans Dandelion and Burdock||11.8g||10|
|Fentimans Cherrytree Cola||11.6g||10|
|M&S Rhubarb and Custard sparkling drink||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|
|Waitrose cream soda||10.6g||9|
Source: Action on Sugar
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