With increasingly more health information available as time goes on, both on food and drink products in shops as well as online, it is a lot easier to make healthier choices on what to eat and drink in order to look after your body. However, research for the Mail Online has revealed that common drinks which are known as ‘healthier choices’ in fact contain shocking amounts of sugar.
It was previously believed that a glass of orange juice was a lot healthier than a bottle of Coke or Pepsi, however, the research revealed that a 500ml bottle of Pret’s freshly squeezed orange juice contains more calories than Coke, and more sugar than 13 McVities Hobnob biscuits. And despite previous beliefs that the sugar content isn’t as bad because it comes from fruit, the specific fructose sugar that the fruit contains can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease if consumed excessively.
With this research, increasingly more experts are pointing to sugary drinks as the main culprit of creating ballooning waistlines. Leading US expert, Dr Robert Lustig, explains that liquid fructose sugar is damaging for people’s health, no matter where it comes from. The Mail Online article explained that the reason that sugar consumption is so high in fruit juice is due to the lack of fibre in the drinks. When fruit is eaten, the fibre that it contains forms a protective layer which acts as a barrier to the intestine, which in turn slows down the rate of sugar absorption. However, in fizzy drinks, fruit juices and smoothies, this barrier is not there, meaning that the liver does not have a chance to catch up, and therefore is being overloaded.
In addition to this, any sugar that the body doesn’t need is then converted into fat, which is why the high volumes of sugar in these drinks are a key contributor to waistlines heavily increasing. Medical director of dred.com – an online healthcare service that provides GP consultations and prescriptions – Dr. Sebastian Winckler, has given his verdict on some of the worst drinks on the market in terms of sugar content.
Dr Winckler named Innocent’s pomegranate, blueberry and acai superfood smoothie as the worst smoothie on the market. He has claimed that it has the sugar equivalent of eating three and a half Krispy Kreme original glazed donuts, and contains 30% more sugar per 100ml than Coca-Cola. The sugar content of this smoothie is equal to 100% of the recommended daily allowance.
The worst coffee on the market was named by Dr Winckler as Starbucks’s venti white chocolate mocha with whipped cream. The sugar content of this hot drink is the equivalent of eating ten bowls of Nestle Golden Grahams. The drink contains a huge 74g of sugar, 613 calories and 26g of fat, which is a third of a woman’s recommended daily intake. The fat content in this one coffee is more than the fat content in a McDonalds Big Mac.
The worst water on the market has been named as This Water’s pure squeeze lemon and limes. This ‘water’ contains 96 calories, and has the same sugar content as two Kellogg’s Chewy Marshmallow Rice Krispies Bars.
And lastly, the title of worst energy drink can be given to the Rockstar punched energy and guava, which contains the same sugar content as 20 Maryland chocolate chip cookies, which is 40% more sugar per 100ml than Red Bull.
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