DESPITE many smoothies promising to deliver your five a day, many can be worse for you than fizzy drinks when it comes to sugar content.
Drinks such as Innocent’s Pomegranate Magic smoothie were found to have higher sugar contents than Coca Cola, according to a new investigation.
Channel 4’s Supershoppers found that a 100ml sample contains 13g of sugar, which is more than the 10.6g in Coca Cola.
And if you were to drink a 250ml bottle of the Innocent smoothie, this would be a staggering 33g of sugar – which is 3g more than an adult’s recommended daily amount.
Other big offenders were Naked’s Green Machine and Blue Machine smoothie, which have 11g of sugar in 100ml servings.
Along with Tropicana’s Vitality and Berry Boost juices, they all have 0.4g of sugar more than Coke.
SUGAR CONTENT IN DRINKS PER 100ML
- Coca Cola – 10.6g
- Innocent Pomegranate Magic Smoothie – 13g
- Innocent Pineapple Banana Coconut Smoothie – 12g
- Innocent Invigorate Super Smoothie – 11g
- Innocent Mango and Passion Fruit Smoothie – 11g
- Naked Green Machine Apple Banana Smoothie – 11g
- Naked Blue Machine Blueberry Smoothie – 11g
- Tropicana Vitality Apple and Pineapple Juice – 11g
- Tropicana Berry Boost Juice – 11g
Last year the Government proposed a sugar tax on soft drinks, which has now taken effect in 2018. But this does not cover pure fruit juices or smoothies.
Dr Nigel Carter, of the Oral Health Foundation, said: “There is a lack of awareness in being able to recognise when there are hidden sugars in drinks often marketed as “healthy”, especially smoothies and fruit juices.”
Dental nurse Jemma Teasdale, from Consett, County Durham, believes sugar-filled children’s drinks should be banned.
What is the sugar tax?
The sugar tax is a levy put on drinks companies to crack down on high sugar levels in soft drinks.
Companies are now taxed according to the sugar content of their wares.
One is for drinks with a total sugar content of more than 5g per 100ml, while a second, higher levy is imposed on drinks with 8g per 100ml or more.
A standard can of regular coke has gone up by around 8p for a 70p can.
The sugar tax came into force on April 6, 2018, after hopes of a U-turn by PM Theresa May were dashed.
The tax is estimated to raise around £520 million which will be used to fund sports in primary schools.
Jemma, who has two-year-old daughter Mollie, said: “I see kids in the dentist with all their teeth missing.
“It is terrible they advertise these drinks as healthy.
“It is scary when you think what they can do to teeth. It shouldn’t be allowed.”
Innocent, and PepsiCo, which owns Naked and Tropicana, has been contacted for comment by the Sun Online.
Supershoppers airs next Thursday on Channel 4 at 8pm.
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