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Children’s fruit drinks are laden with sugar, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1729 (Published 24 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1729
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Fruit based drinks, such as smoothies and natural juices, specifically marketed to UK children and generally perceived as healthy by parents, have been found to contain “unacceptably high” levels of sugar by a study published in the online journal BMJ Open.1

A standard 200 mg portion of almost half of the products assessed contained more than a child’s entire daily recommended maximum sugar intake of 19 g, equal to almost five teaspoons.

The researchers used package labelling information to determine the sugar content of all fruit juices, fruit drinks, and smoothies sold by seven major UK supermarkets and marketed to children. This meant that sports …

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