Sugar in fizzy drinks varies across the world

Children buying fizzy drinks

We all know that popular fizzy drinks comprise sugar, but lessor known is that the amount of sugar can vary greatly from country to country.

For example, Sprite in Thailand has 12 teaspoons of sugar in a regular size can whilst in the UK has 5 teaspoons. Coca Cola, Pepsi and Fanta can vary 2-3 teaspoons depending on country.

Any sugary drinks can be bad for you. So wherever you live or visit, choose wisely. Why not have the more healthy (and cheaper) option of bottled water – not much sugar in that!

Other key points from Action on Sugar recent research include:

  • 88% of sugar-sweetened soft drink products contain more than your entire recommendation for the day (25g) [1] in a 330ml can
  • UK manufacturers still producing drinks high in free sugars despite being one of the countries in Europe where obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay are high
  • Leading supermarkets in the UK prefer to follow set sugar reduction targets – branded companies must now do the same

Graham MacGregor, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of Action on Sugar, said: “Overweight and obesity increases health-care costs and threatens the economic growth on which a country’s future prosperity and wellbeing depend. This survey illustrates the fact that the soft drinks industry is part of the cause of the world’s growing obesity pandemic and action must be taken now.”

Kawther Hashem, nutritionist at Action on Sugar said:  “It’s high time soft drinks manufacturers around the world stop adding unnecessary sugars and calories to their products and work universally to set sugar reduction targets once and for all. Our research has shown discrepancies between the sugar content in the same carbonated drinks sold across the world and this needs to stop.”

Source: Action on Sugar press release

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