Drinking from a bottle or can? Look at the label to know what’s inside your drink. Different words can be used to describe sugar. Look out for terms like glucose, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup and maltose. Some drinks have a traffic light system to enable you to identify if they are high or low in sugar. Red means high in sugar (more than 15g) while green means low. Be careful as fizzy drinks and other sweet beverages have extra-added sugars. Obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease are results of too much sugar.
On average, a can of sugary fizzy drink has 35g of sugar. Some drinks are big enough for two people that are equivalent to twice as much sugar! If you can’t resist, have them once in a while and stay with a small amount and choose a smaller can (ie: 240ml instead of regular 330ml).
Fruit juice drinks can contain lots of added sugar. Although labeled as ‘juice drinks’, they can have as little as 5% of fruit juice and a high amount of added sugar. A 200ml of juice pouch can contain 20g of sugar. So the next time you shop for fruit juice or its similar type of products, look out for those labeled 100% fruit juice with no added sugar. 100% fruit juice is the best juice you can have considering its vitamins and nutrients are beneficial to your body.
[Tips: A glass of 150ml of 100% fruit juice counts as one of 5-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables.]
One would normally opt for sports drink, as they might be beneficial during endurance sports for a boost and aiding recovery. However, many of them have just as much sugar and calories like many other soft drinks. In fact, according to the NHS (UK) water is the healthier choice for most sports need.
It is recommended that adults should drink around 1.2 litres of fluid or equivalent to six 200ml glasses daily. Depending on your age and lifestyle, you might need more than you think. One way of knowing whether you are getting enough water is through urine. If its colour is pale yellow or clear, you are already drinking enough water. You know you’ll need to drink more if it’s darker in colour. So, we encourage you to drink even more water during your Cuppatea teatox!