SHOPPING

How much sugar in that drink?

It seems like we’ve got some good options for healthier drinks, but just how much sugar is in them? Healthy Food Guide checks them out.

Take a look along the health food or drinks aisle at the supermarket and you’ll quickly see there are more choices than ever for the thirsty. As well as the ready-to-drink fizzies, there’s an increasing range of drinks that appear to be healthier choices with fermented, organic and natural ingredients.

You might be forgiven for thinking you’re making a healthy choice when you’re reaching for one of these drinks, but how much sugar do they contain?

Let’s put this in perspective. To help us reduce the risk of being overweight and of tooth decay, the World Health Organization strongly recommends our free sugar intake accounts for no more than 10 per cent of energy, with a reduction to 5 per cent of energy being even better.

Note: Serve sizes vary from 200ml-500ml

Any product examples given here were correct at time of publication. However, remember to check the ingredients and nutrition information every so often, as these can change over time.

Kréol Prebiotic Sparkling Drink
Mango Lime & Turmeric
2.3g sugar in 330ml serve
lo bros Organic Kombucha
Ginger & Lemon
2.9g sugar in 330ml serve
Aotea
Immunity Tonic
6.6g sugar in 250ml serve
Ovi
Water Infusion with Antioxidants
11.2g sugar in 500ml serve
Covet
Macadamia Milk Chocolate
14g sugar in 380ml serve
Chia Sisters
Chia Brain Boost Blackcurrant
14.6g sugar in 275ml serve
HÖpt Soda
Pear and Basil
15.5g sugar in 330ml serve
The Homegrown Juice
Company Active Aloe Vera
17.1g sugar in 200ml serve
Deep Spring Naturals
Blackcurrant
17.8g in 275ml serve
Fuze Tea
Lemon Black Iced Tea
21g sugar in 500ml serve
Glaceau
Vitamin Water Revive
22g sugar in 500ml serve
V
Pure
26g sugar in 330ml serve

Free sugar includes all added sugar plus any found in a syrup or extract. That includes honey and fruit juice but doesn’t include lactose in milk or sugars in whole fruit and vegetables. In these drinks all the sugars are free sugars.

In an 8700kJ day, 5 per cent of energy equals 26g and 10 per cent of energy equals 52g of free sugar. Based on New Zealand official food measurements, where one teaspoon of sugar is 5g, that’s about 5-10 teaspoons of sugar each day.

First published: Jun 2019

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