Sugar con­tent high­est in so­das

The Sun (Malaysia) - - LIFESTYLE -

A NEW study from the United King­dom that fo­cused on the coun­try’s fizzy soda drinks has found that most con­tain alarm­ingly high lev­els of sugar, some up to 12 tea­spoons per can.

Car­ried out by re­searchers from the Queen Mary Univer­sity of Lon­don (QMUL), they looked at the free sug­ars (sug­ars g/100ml) con­tent in a va­ri­ety of car­bon­ated sug­ar­sweet­ened bev­er­ages, in­clud­ing pop­u­lar brands and su­per­mar­ket ver­sions.

They found that the sugar con­tent could be as high as 52.8 grams (12 tea­spoons) per 330ml can, with on av­er­age, gin­ger beer con­tain­ing the high­est amounts of sugar (38.5g per can) and gin­ger ale con­tain­ing the low­est amount of sugar (22.9g per can).

Cola flavour drinks, the most pop­u­lar flavour in the UK, con­tained an av­er­age of 35g of free sugar per can.

Com­ment­ing on the find­ings, Kawther Hashem, co-au­thor of the study and re­searcher for Ac­tion on Sugar at QMUL, said: “Our study shows that the ma­jor­ity of car­bon­ated sugar-sweet­ened drinks avail­able in su­per­mar­kets ex­ceed the max­i­mum daily rec­om­men­da­tion for sugar in­take for an adult (30g) and a child (24g).

“It is, there­fore, not pos­si­ble to state that car­bon­ated sugar-sweet­ened drinks can be con­sumed as part of a ‘healthy bal­anced diet’ even though drinks com­pa­nies claim it can be.”

Soft drinks are the main con­trib­u­tor of free sug­ars in­take in chil­dren and teenagers, and the sec­ond main con­trib­u­tor in adults.

Hashem added that it would be “very ben­e­fi­cial in re­duc­ing obe­sity, Type 2 di­a­betes and den­tal caries”.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) rec­om­mend ob­tain­ing less than 10% of to­tal en­ergy in­take from all free sug­ars, which is equiv­a­lent to 50g or around 12 level tea­spoons a day for a per­son of healthy body weight who eats around 2000 calo­ries per day.

How­ever, ide­ally less than 5% of to­tal en­ergy in­take should come from sugar for health ben­e­fits. – AFPRe­laxnews

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