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Replacing sugary drinks

Did you know some sugary drinks can contain as much as 7 spoons of sugar in a single serving?

Sugary drinks include fizzy drinks, squashes, cordials and juice drinks. 

Drinking sugary drinks is linked with excess weight in children. Milk and water are the best choices.

This table shows how much sugar is in commonly available sugary drinks. Click on the image to open a larger version.

Tips on how to cut down on sugary drinks

  • If your family loves soft drinks or other sweetened drinks, reduce them gradually.
  • Start by adding plenty of water to cordials and squashes.
  • Add extra water each time to squashes and cordials to reduce your child’s taste for sweetness.
  • Keep sweetened drinks for the weekend.
  • Make water freely available between meals.
  • Water is tastier when it’s cold: put a jug of water in the fridge
  • Add a slice of lime, lemon or orange to give it flavour and colour.

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