Are You Pouring On The Pounds?
What would you think if someone put 22 of those 3g sachets you know from coffee shops, in your tea or coffee?
That’s how much sugar is in a 500ml bottle of Orange (65g). These drinks are pictured from left to right in order of highest amount of simple sugar per 100ml.
The sugar in the orange juice is fructose (from fruit) and the sugar in the latte is lactose (from milk). Both drinks contain simple sugars and lack fibre and can cause cravings for more sugar. Giving in to those cravings can then lead to excessive calorie consumption and weight gain. Not to mention what this sugar will do to your teeth.
Obviously nutritional values will vary wildly from fizzy orange, to orange juice and the sugar levels are not necessarily a determination of how healthy any drink is.
Vegetable juices contain as much if not more of the nutritional benefits of fruit juices but with a fraction of the sugars. Whole fruits contain the skin, so contain fibre to reduce their glycemic index.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t drink these products, but you should know what you’re consuming or giving to your children, then make an informed decision. Moderation and portion size are key.
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