Wellness Tips | 07 December, 2018

How much sugar are you drinking?

It’s probably more than you think…

Did you know that a regular 600mL bottle of soft drink contains around 16 teaspoons of sugar?

Regular consumption of soft drink and other sugary drinks, like energy drinks, sports drinks, iced teas and fruit drinks, can lead to weight gain and obesity.

This increases your risk of serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and some cancers. Sugary drinks can also lead to tooth decay.

So before you reach for a sugary drink, stop and think about the impact it can have on your health.
Follow these tips and Rethink Sugary Drink:

  • Find out how much sugar is in your favourite drink at www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au/how-much-sugar    
  • Be wary of health or nutrition claims – check the sugar content on the nutritional panel
  • If you're ordering a fast food meal, ask for water instead of soft drink
  • Carry a water bottle so you don’t have to pay for a drink
  • If you're thirsty, have some water first
  • Avoid the soft drink aisle in supermarkets and resist drink specials at service stations and convenience stores.

You can speak with your local dentist or oral hygienist at your nearest Maven Dental practice to find out more about how to keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Book your next appointment online today

Rethink Sugary Drink is a partnership between the Australian Dental Association, Cancer Council Australia, Dental Health Services Victoria, Dental Hygienists Association of Australia, Diabetes Australia, Heart Foundation, Kidney Health Australia, Nutrition Australia, Obesity Policy Coalition, National Stroke Foundation, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the YMCA to raise awareness of the amount of sugar in sugary drinks and encourage Australians to reduce their consumption. Visit www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au for more information.