Soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, iced teas, vitamin waters .. The list goes on! There are so many sugary drinks for sale out there, all full of empty calories. Meaning they contain high calories – but little to no nutrients.
I think this campaign below is great. It is increasing the awareness of what drinking all these sugary drinks can do to us, and helping to minimise the consumption of them.
Rethink Sugary Drink take home points:
- There are 16 teaspoons of sugar in a bottle of coke.. yuk!
- One can of soft drink per day could lead to a 6.75kg weight gain in one year
- 47% of children (2 to 16 years of age) consume sugar sweetened beverages (including energy drinks) every day.. A major factor of childhood obesity
- These drinks contain types of acids, which weakens tooth enamel. This can lead to tooth decay which is the most prevalent disease in Australia
- If you aren’t burning off all the energy in these drinks containing sugar, you are going to put on weight in the form of fat. And this means increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
Maybe not as appealing, but SO much better for you is water! – it has no acid, no sugar, no kilojoules - and if you get it from the tap, it's free.
How much sugar is in ...?
|Drink||Serving size|| Grams of sugar (per serve)
||Grams of sugar (per 100ml)|
|V Energy Drink||500ml||53g||10.6g|
|Gatorade: Fierce Grape flavour||600ml||36g||6g|
|Powerade: Mountain Blast flavour||600ml||34g||5.7g|
|Lipton Ice Tea: Peach flavour||500ml||34g||6.8g|
|Spring Valley Smart Water: Armour flavour||500ml||33g||6.6g|
|Vitamin Water: Essential flavour||500ml||27g||5.49g|
All sourced from:
For more info, and a handy sugary drink calculator go to http://www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au/apps/default.aspx