Healthy Drinks? Maybe Not!

Most people are aware of the fact that fizzy drinks are not good for your teeth and health generally but did you know that a standard can of regular Coke contains over 9 teaspoons of sugar!

That’s a lot of empty calories and potential tooth rotting capability.

So, quite naturally people are choosing what they perceive to be healthier alternatives.

However, new research by the Universities of Liverpool and London published in the online medical journal BMJ Open highlights the fact that some fruit juices and smoothies aimed at children contain free sugars which are still contributing between 2-4 teaspoons of sugar per drink.

My advice is to check the labels first before buying – look out for labels such as “Fructose”, “Dextrose”, “Glucose” or “Dextrin’ and look at how much combined sugar is in the product.

As a guide:

High: more than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g

Low: 5g of total sugars or less per 100g