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Warning over sugar levels in 'health' drinks

HALF of people who admitted to drinking three or more sugary drinks in a day said they did not compensate by reducing the calorie intake of their food while nearly a quarter of those surveyed did not take into consideration their liquid sugar or calorie intake when they were last on a diet.

The over-consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks contributes to obesity, which is a major risk factor for health conditions such as type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease and stroke.

Naveed Sattar, Professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow, said: "What you drink can be as damaging to the body as what you eat."

She said people deserve support and encouragement to make these changes to their diet "and the soft drinks industry also has a role to play here by providing drinks with less sugar or offering cheaper diet versions".