Drink Test

Reporter: Siobhan Gleeson

We're a nation obsessed with what we eat.... But too little attention is paid to what we drink ...and as your about to see millions of australians every day are exceeding their daily sugar allowance just on drinks...“if you think through out the day if you're having sugar in your tea and coffee and maybe on your cereal and in foods and drinks it's easy to meet that limit” Nutritionist Lisa Sutherland has compared the sugar content of the most popular drinks - including.... Sports drinks.... Kids fruit juices and milkshakes......and the results have been surprising.....although ribena is promoted as a healthy drink for children on a per 100mls basis it has around 14g of sugar per 100ml where as your coke it has a lot less about 10g per 100mls and a mcdonalds chocolate thick shake has 13g per 100mls so ribena comes out higher in sugar.

Adults should be having no more than 15 teaspoons of sugar per day.... Kids a maximum of 10.... Yet there are around 7 in this one ribena drink...... Lisa says “these fruit drinks that we've got here are typical of the ones you'll find in the supermarket that parents will put in their childrens lunchboxes but they may be surprised as to how much sugar is in some of these drinks“

Donna says “Emma's preferred drink would be water or lemonade if we let her, won't drink juice doesn't like cordial where as meg tends to like the juices and milks and cordial and of course lemonades. As a mother of 8 year old twins Donna welsh says she has double the trouble convincing her girls to choose healthy alternatives.....Meg says “my favourite drinks are juice and lemonade” Emma says “i really like fizzy drinks because they're really nice and i like their flavour i like the bubble bursting on my tongue and in my tummy” Donna says “in the morning the girls will get up and get their own breakfast then they'll make their own drinks with quik or topping depending on what's in the cupboard” And while milk is full of goodness it's what Donna's daughters are adding to their morning shakes that's the problem.... Two to three teaspoons of the flavour additive quik practically undoes the nutritional benefit of the milk.....

Lisa says “if children are adding a lot of sweetened flavourings to milk its increasing the sugar content by three or four times and its training their tastebuds to want the sweet milks over a glass of plain milk” But expanding waistlines aren't the only consequence of a sugary diet..... An increase in the consumption of sweetened drinks has also sparked a dental crisis.....“Sugar causes holes in teeth it's as simple as that” Greg Morris from the Australian dental association warns the number of children with dangerous dental decay is rapidly rising ... Serious dental work on youngsters has tripled in the last decade....”you do hear of cases in at the dentist school where they are actually making dentures for children so it is a problem, these sugary drinks the juices the sports drinks the soft drinks will lead to a generation of fat kids with poor teeth” So now you're asking well what should we be drinking that's still tasty but keeps us below the sugar line...... Well here are the results.....

FRUIT DRINKS (SUGAR CONTENT PER 100MLS)

PRIMA TROPICAL 10.7G

POP TOPS ORANGE 11G

RIBENA BLACKCURRANT 14.1G

These fruit drinks are more than 5 teaspoons of sugar .... And while they all contain real fruit there's only around 5% in the ribena and the pop tops..... Nutritionists recommend these drinks should only ever be a treat.....

MILK DRINKS (SUGAR CONTENT PER 100MLS)

STRAWBERRY BIG M 9.8G

BANANA BUZZ BOOST SMOOTHIE 11.6G

MCDONALDS CHOCOLATE THICK SHAKE 13.2G

Milk drinks contain nutritious ingredients like calcium and protein .... But ready made milk drinks are very high in sugar..... Nutritionists suggest making smoothies at home with a variety of real fruit to add natural sweetness....

SOFT DRINKS (SUGAR CONTENT PER 100MLS)

COKE 10.6G

PEPSI 11.04G

SUNKIST 13.5G

Surprisingly coke contains less sugar than the all of the fruit drinks ... But soft drinks are lacking in healthy ingredients and full of food acid, color and preservatives....

FRUIT JUICES (SUGAR CONTENT PER 100MLS)

V8 FRUIT AND VEG JUICE 8.3G

APPLE DAILY JUICE 10.3G

BERRI JUICE MULTI V 11.1G

And while some of these fruit juices contain more sugar than a can of coke... Their sweetness comes from natural sugar...

SPORTS DRINKS (SUGAR CONTENT PER 100MLS)

GATORADE 6G

POWERADE 6.2G

LUCOZADE 14G

And finally sports drinks while most contain less sugar, the volume of drink is much greater, so if you drink the whole bottle you are actually consuming the same amount of sugar as a can of soft drink. Greg says " the best drink is water, flurodated water, an occasional treat is ok, but the best drink is flurodated water"