The dan­ger of su­gar in drinks

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New Zealand’s bat­tle of the bulge is get­ting more in­tense – and su­gar loaded drinks are a key cul­prit.

In­stead of put­ting wa­ter in the pic­nic bas­ket, too many New Zealan­ders con­tinue to put the switch from fizzy and fruit juice to plain wa­ter in the too hard bas­ket.

For­mer world cham­pion dis­cus thrower Beatrice Fau­muina said that up to 50 peo­ple were di­ag­nosed with Type 2 di­a­betes in New Zealand ev­ery day.

‘‘We are now see­ing chil­dren as young as 10 be­ing di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes, which is dev­as­tat­ing,’’ Fau­muina said.

‘‘One of the proven con­tribut­ing fac­tors to this epi­demic is su­gar- loaded drinks.’’

To en­cour­age healthy drink­ing habits, Just Wa­ter has launched its en­hanced wa­ter, Vi­taBlast, in the Welling­ton re­gion.

Un­like many other so­called health drinks, Vi­taBlast is Vi­ta­min C en­hanced and has no added su­gar.

Fau­muina, who works with Just Wa­ter to help un­der­stand­ing of the dan­ger of su­gar- loaded drinks, said many peo­ple drank fruit juice for Vi­ta­min C and health ben­e­fits.

‘‘ What they are not aware of is that a litre of fruit juice has about 26 tea­spoons of nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring su­gar.

‘‘As well, where Vi­ta­min C is known to help with the im­mune sys­tem, one tea­spoon of su­gar will sup­press the im­mune sys­tem for up to 40 min­utes,’’ she said.

Cham­pion ad­vice: Beatrice Fau­muina wants health­ier drink­ing.

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