Fizzy drinks: The best and worst revealed

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  • Do you know which fizzy drinks are the best for your diet, and which are the worst? Find out which fizzy drink scored the highest and is the most healthy drink in our best and worst round-up.

    Coke, Fanta, Red Bull, Dr Pepper – whichever your choice of fizzy drink, it’s safe to say they go down a treat with the kids and are a great energy-booster for when the 4 o’clock slump hits. But have you ever considered just how much damage that can of pop could be doing to your diet? And do you know which fizzy drinks contain the most calories?

    Whether you like to sip on a Diet Coke, love Irn Bru or are a big fan of Lilt, not all fizzy drinks are the same when it comes to calories and sugar – in fact, it’s easy to fall into the trap of forgetting they count towards your daily calories at all!

    Did you know one glass of a particular fizzy drink contains more than seven teaspoons of sugar? Seven! Or that it would take a 10-minute bike ride to burn off the worst culprit’s calories? Some fizzy drinks also contain nasty hidden extras like E-numbers, caffeine and sweeteners, which aren’t great for your health or your diet.

    A new survey from Robinsons fruit squash, has found that 62% of UK adults say their children copy their drinking habits – for both healthy and unhealthy drinks – and 8% of children drink fizzy drinks every single day.

    Tom Jenane, nutrition and fitness expert said, “Soft drinks are one of the leading factors in the rise in obesity in the UK, with the incredibly high levels of sugar being the main culprit. Even when you’re eating something a bit naughty, it will normally contain some vitamins or minerals which are good for you, but there is nothing healthy in a fizzy drink.”

    Tom continued, “You can also reach your maximum recommended daily intake of sugar within a single can of some fizzy drinks.

    “The higher the item is on the glycaemic index, more it will create a rapid increase in blood glucose and will be broken down very quickly, while sugary drinks are one of the worst offenders. This is without even considering the effects on your teeth, as they are highly acidic, which will cause erosions to your enamel.

    A high sugar intake, leading to weight gain, is connected to various health issues such as diabetes type 2 and heart disease.”

    So, what are the best and worst fizzy drinks?

    We tried and tested different fizzy drinks from the biggest brands and supermarkets to see just how good a 100ml glass really is for us. From heavy heaps of sugar to hidden sweeteners, the ones we predicted to be the best didn’t always serve us kindly on the calorie front, but we were pleasantly surprised by some of the better ones.