If you’re preventing winter colds with fruit juices, beware their sugar content.
Some juices, smoothies and fruit drinks have the same or even higher sugar content as Coca Cola (five teaspoons of sugar per 200ml), according to a new survey.
The Action on Sugar campaign discovered that a quarter of the products it surveyed contained the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar per 200ml, which is the maximum adult daily sugar intake suggested by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s draft consultation paper.
Twenty-four of the 203 fruit drinks had more than 25g sugars per 200ml; the same as two and a half Krispy Kreme donuts. For this reason, experts advise to eat the fruit and not to drink fruit juice. Juice should be an occasional treat, not an everyday drink.