Sugar…doo doo do do doo doo…ah honey honey…doo doo do do doo doo…you can cause cavities…and it’s something that I do not need!!
Most processed foods and drinks that we consume in our diet contain large amounts of added sugars. The average Australian consumes between 15 to 20 teaspoons of sugar per day (60-82grams).
Below is a table showing the approximate amounts of sugar in several drinks available
Water: 0 Sugar – The best choice of drink
Milk (low fat) 250ml (natural sugars): 14grams (3 teaspoons)
100% Fruit Juice 250ml (natural sugars): 24grams (6 teaspoons)
Flavoured Milk 300ml (added sugars): 28grams (7 teaspoons)
Flavoured Fruit Drink 250ml (added sugars): 27grams (7 teaspoons)
Energy Drinks (added sugars): 36grams (8.5 teaspoons)
Soft Drink Can 375ml (added sugars): 38grams (9 teaspoons)
Soft Drink 600ml (added sugars): 64grams (15 teaspoons)
Soft Drink 1.25L (added sugars): 137grams (33 teaspoons)
The World Health Organisation recommends that adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake, A reduction to below 5% or roughly 25grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits. High consumption of sugar can lead to dental decay, diabetes and obesity.