Posted by Shona
You wouldn't eat sixteen packets of sugar in one go. Would you?
The idea is enough to make the sweetest tooth ache but that's how much sugar there is in the average 600ml bottle of cola. Sounds like a lot doesn't it? Just imagine for a moment what this means if you have a bottle every day – an extra 23kg of sugar a year. Enough to fill a wheelbarrow.
Sugary drinks are a major culprit in the nation's obesity problem. That half of all adults and a quarter of children are overweight or obese may have something to do with the fact that Australians drink 1.2 billion litres of sugar sweetened soft drink every year. Imagine how many wheelbarrows you could fill with that much sugar.
The Rethink Sugary Drink campaign wants people to think about the amount of sugar in soft drink, and choose water or low fat milk instead.
The problem with soft drink is that it is full of empty kilojoules and next to no nutritional benefit – so you consume all that sugar but you still feel hungry. In fact some studies have shown that soft drink actually stops feelings of fullness, leading you to eat more.
With this in mind, cutting out sugary drinks is a great way to reduce your kilojoule intake, and help you maintain a healthy weight. Here are some tips to help you go sugary drink free:
To see how much of a transformation going sugary drink free can make, read Mani's success story.