Monday 23 September 2019

How many spoonfuls of sugar are in your favourite energy drinks?

The study analysed 197 energy drinks sold in supermarkets throughout the UK including Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and Marks and Spencer and found that eight out of ten energy drinks have worryingly high levels of sugar.
The study analysed 197 energy drinks sold in supermarkets throughout the UK including Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and Marks and Spencer and found that eight out of ten energy drinks have worryingly high levels of sugar.

Patricia Murphy

Children and teenagers are consuming up to 50pc more than the maximum daily sugar they should be according to new research on the effects of energy drinks.

The study revealed that many young people are under the impression energy drinks will help them perform better at sports despite the fact that some beverages contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar per 500mls.

Research conducted on behalf of the British government by Action on Sugar found that despite the warnings imposed on the labels of energy drinks, children and teenagers  still had easy access to these products which contain high levels of sugar and caffeine.

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The study analysed 197 energy drinks sold in supermarkets throughout the UK including Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and Marks and Spencer and found that eight out of ten energy drinks have worryingly high levels of sugar.

In Ireland, Rockstar products are the worst offenders with their Punched Energy and Tropical Guava Flavour product containing 78.0g (20 teaspoons) of sugar per 500ml serving.

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Cans of Lucozade Energy Pink Lemonade contain 70g (18 teaspoons) of sugar per 500ml, while Mountain Dew Energy contained 65g (14 teaspoons) for the same amount.

A 473ml can of redbull contains 52g (13 teaspoons) of sugar.

Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of Action on Sugar and professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London, said: “Children are being deceived into drinking large cans of this stuff thinking they are going to improve their performance at school, during sports or even on a night out.

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“In reality all they are doing is increasing their risk of developing obesity or type 2 diabetes which will have lifelong implications on their health. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, limb amputation and kidney dialysis – hardly the image of a healthy, active person.”

How many grams/spoonfuls are in 500ml of these energy drinks?

Rockstar Punched Energy and Tropical Guava Flavour: 78g/20 teaspoons

Rockstar Juiced Energy Mango, Orange, Passionfruit flavour 76g/19 teaspoons

Rockstar Fruit Punch Flavour 76g/19 teaspoons

Lucozade Energy Pink Lemonade 70g/18 teaspoons

Lucozade Energy Caribbean Crush 70g/18 teaspoons

Mountian Dew Energy 65g/16 teaspoons

Boost Active Glucose Original 55.5g/14 teaspoons

Monster Energy 55g/14 teaspoons

V Energy Drink 53g/13 teaspoons

Powerade Energy Sparkling Orange 52.5g/13 teaspoons

Red Bull Energy Drink (473ml) 52g/13 teaspoons

Innocent Super Smoothie Energise (360ml) 49g/12 teaspoons

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