10 of the highest sugar non-fizzy drinks
Fizzy drinks always get a bad rap when it comes to sugar, but other soft drinks can be just as harmful to your health. You might think tea is healthy, for example, but choose a sweetened iced tea and you could be consuming as much as 5.5 teaspoons of sugar in one bottle - that’s almost as much as some chocolate bars!
Here are some other popular choices that could be hiding too much of the sweet stuff:
- *Starbucks Venti Flavoured Hot Chocolate / Mocha / Coffee (Up to) 93g (23tsps)
- Welch’s 100% Purple Grape Juice 82g (20 tsps)
- *McDonalds Large Milkshake 60-76g (19 tsps)
- Frijj Fudge Brownie Milkshake 54g (13.5 tsps)
- Yop Strawberry Yoghurt Drink 52g (13 tsps)
- Nesquik Strawberry Milkshake 49.5g (12 tsps)
- Mars Flavoured Milk 48g (12 tsps)
- Tropicana Orange Juice 45g (11g)
- Rubicon Exotic Passion Fruit Juice 24g (6 tsps)
- Lipton Peach Iced Tea 22g (5.5 tsps)
This is not a definitive list. Information is based on research using a popular drinks selection – Jan 2020.
Based on 500ml servings
*Based on sizes as served.
How can you cut down on sugary drinks?
Anything with flavouring usually means added sugar, so try to stick to plain versions when choosing a hot drink. But always check the label, as sugar comes under many different names. It’s best to look for ‘unsweetened’ or ‘reduced sugar’ varieties. You can also recreate low-sugar versions of your favourite drinks.
Ask for just 1-2 pumps of sugar-free syrup and no whipped cream on your coffee or make a smoothie at home where you can control all the ingredients.