Posh soft drinks contain more sugar than Coke

12 June 2014

fentimans You might think that somehow you’re escaping obesity by being middle class and not drinking cans of Monster with your Greggs pasty, but you’d be wrong.

The campaign group Action for Sugar has blasted upmarket fancy soft drinks, like the ubiquitous San Pellegrino and Fentimans for containing more sugar than a can of Coke.

Fentiman’s Traditional Curiosity Cola boasts 9 teaspoons of sugar, while its Cherry Tree cola contains 10. Meanwhile, San Pellegrino Pompelmo came in at 10 teaspoons as well.

But the big sugary whoppers that will send you careering towards Diabetes City are cloudy lemonade and traditional ginger beer. Waitrose and M&S branded ginger beers and Sainsbury’s cloudy lemonade weigh in at 11 teaspoons of sugar per 300ml.

Kawther Hashem, nutritionist at Action on Sugar said: “People are drinking spoonfuls of sugar in their fizzy drinks. Even seemingly healthier options such as elderflower can be loaded with sugar."

Look on the label for ‘sugar per 100g’ and switch to a lower or no added sugar variety of your favourite drink, or even better, don’t drink them, they contain nothing of any nutritional value. Drink water and save money too!’

Ugh, water? So dull. But surely middle class people’s health is protected by an invisible layer of fermented botanicals and privilege?

TOPICS:   Consumer Advice   Health

1 comment

  • jokester4
    "Drink water and save money too!’" - Isn't a bottle of water often more expensive than the soft drinks?

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