How much sugar are you consuming through drinks?

How much sugar are you consuming through drinks?

How much sugar is really in our favourite drinks?Sugar in soft drinks

Too much sugar in the diet can lead to obesity, diabetes, tooth decay and a range of other chronic yet preventable diseases. Most people are aware of the high levels of sugar in foods such as sweet biscuits, lollies, ice cream and sweet cereals such as fruit loops, however many people are oblivious to the extreme amount of sugar they are consuming each day through sugary drinks. So how much sugar is in soft drinks, energy drinks and juices? And are regular sugary drinks in your diet making you fat?


Sugary Levels in Drinks

 Drink Standard sized serving Teaspoons of Sugar Calories
Cola 375ml can 9-11 140
Diet cola 375ml can 0 0
Carbonated mineral water 375ml 0 0
Small juice carton 250ml pack 4-9 220 (192 from sugar)
Chocolate milk 300ml 6-8 400 (230 from sugar)
Vitamin water 590ml bottle 8 70
Coca cola 12 ounces 10 140
Starbucks Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccino with whipped cream 12 ounces 14 240-400
Lipton Ice Tea 12 ounces 8 70
Fanta 12 ounces 13 160
Pepsi 12 ounces 10 150
Schweppes Tonic Water 12 ounces 8 100
Schweppes Ginger Ale 12 ounces 8 120
Red Bull 12 ounces 10 108
Gatorade G Orange 12 ounces 5 30-80


If we are consuming this much sugar in one drink, how much are we allowed to have each day?

A ‘moderate’ intake of refined sugar can be an acceptable part of a healthy diet. Experts define a moderate intake as about 10 per cent of the total energy intake per day. However, people who consume a lot of sugary food and drinks do so at the expense of more nutritious food choices, and are often taking in a lot of ‘empty calories’. Soft drinks do not provide any essential vitamins and minerals that your body requires to remain healthy.
Recommended daily calorie intake varies from person to person, but there are guidelines for calorie requirements you can use as a starting point. The UK Department of Health Estimated

Average Requirements (EAR) suggest a daily calorie intake of 1940 calories per day for women and 2550 for men. Therefore 1 can of soft drink can contribute to as much as 10% of your daily calorie intake and the entire recommended daily sugar intake, whilst providing no nutritional value.

A GROWING problem
Sweetened drinks are heavily advertised, cheap and commonly available. In Australia, the consumption of soft drinks has increased by 30 per cent in 10 years. The standard serving size for soft drink has also increased.Pouring on the pounds image

When the sugar consumed is not used it is converted to fat. Therefore, excessive amounts of sugar consumed often leads to weight gain. A child’s odds of becoming obese increase by 60 percent with each additional daily serving of sugar-sweetened drinks. Most soft drinks contain 12 to 16 percent or more of a child and teenagers recommended daily allowance for sugar.
Excess amounts of sugar and soft drinks can also lead to tooth decay as the sugar produces acids, which break down the enamel and start tooth decay.


With the current epidemic of obesity in Australia it is recommended that sugary drinks really should be saved for special occasions and are an unnecessary health problem when consumed on an ongoing basis.