High Sugar content in ‘healthy’ drinks

A January 2016 article in The West Australian reported on a small survey undertaken by LiveLighter. The survey analysed kilojoules, sugar and fat content in 40 cold drinks sold at chain cafes and fast food outlets. The results were not healthy.

24 of the 40 drinks, which included frappes and smoothies, contained at least 16 teaspoons of sugar. This is more sugar than that typically found in a 600ml bottle of soft drink and more than the average adult needed in an entire day on a balanced diet.

Amelia Harray of LiveLighter WA said as well as being high in sugar, most milkshakes, thickshakes and iced coffee drinks were high in saturated fat.

Ms Harray suggested smaller serving sizes and a skim milk option to help reduce sugar and fat consumption. Or, better still, choose water as a healthier alternative!

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