Fizzy drinks exceeding daily sugar limits

The average sugar content of carbonated sugar sweetened beverages (fizzy drinks) is higher than an adult’s daily recommended sugar content researchers have found.

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London examined the sugar content of 169 carbonated sugar sweetened beverages on sale in the United Kingdom (UK). Data on sugar content was collected from the nutrient information labels on packaging.

Overall the free sugar content of carbonated sugary drinks in this study was found to be high. The average sugar content of a can of carbonated sugar sweetened beverages (330ml) was 30.1g, almost 8 teaspoons of sugar (4g is approximately 1 teaspoon). This is higher than the maximum daily recommendation for free sugar intake in UK adults. Ginger beer was found to have the highest sugar content of all the drinks tested with ginger ale having the lowest. Branded drinks had a higher sugar content in comparison to supermarket own brands.



Posted: 16/11/2016 10:38:27 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Fizzy drinks, Sugar, Sugar sweetened beverages


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