Check soft drinks for sugar - warning
For parents looking to avoid giving their kids sugary drinks, it seems fruit juices and smoothies can't be considered safe ground - pre-made and shop-bought ones, anyway. Checking the sugar content on the label is the most practical solution. The zero-risk approach is water.
This follows a study of 203 kids' drinks checked by researchers on major supermarket shelves.
The bad news is that 85 juices or smoothies (42pc) contained at least 19g of sugars - the equivalent of four sugar cubes, or roughly a child's entire maximum daily amount of sugars.
Only single-portion cartons were analysed in this study, and only those specifically marketed at children. Sugar-sweetened drinks, sports drinks and iced teas were excluded. So were cordials - the type you mix with water. This means the survey doesn't cover the full range of sugar-laden drinks children may have.
The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Liverpool and the University of London.
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