Sugary Drinks

Sugary Drinks

on Thursday, 29 January 2015. posted in nutrition

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) 
 Coca Cola  375ml  40g  10.6g
 Coca Cola   600ml  64g  10.6g
 Sprite  600ml  61g  10.1g
 Fanta  375ml  42g  11.2g
 Solo  600ml  72.6g  12.1g
 V Energy Drink  500ml  53g  10.6g
 Red Bull  250ml  27g  11g
 Mother  500ml  52g  10.4g
 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


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