"And You Thought You Were Being Healthy" Says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire
The 15 WORST health drinks in Britain: Orange juice with as much sugar as 13 Hobnobs and Innocent smoothies have the same as three-and-a-half doughnuts
- Single serving of white grape juice contains same sugar as four doughnuts
- One Starbucks coffee has as much sugar as 10 bowls of Golden Grahams
- Lucozade sport drink has same sugar as two Walls Magnum Ice Creams
- Experts warn health drinks are partly to blame for our ballooning waistlines
- No fibre in juices means sugar is absorbed faster leading to liver overload
Exclusive research for Mailonline has revealed that a single 250ml serving of white grape juice contained the same amount of sugar as four Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.
Until recently, we thought the 'bad' drinks were those such as Coke and Pepsi, while orange juice was an easy way to get one of our 'five a day'.
But the goalposts have shifted. More and more experts are warning that sugary drinks in any form are largely to blame for our ballooning waistlines.
Shouting this message from the rooftops is one leading U.S. expert, Dr Robert Lustig.
In his new book 'Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar', he argues that it doesn't matter whether the sugars you drink come from fruit juice, smoothies or fizzy drinks.
He says that liquid fructose sugar is dangerous for our health, irrespective of the source.
These sugars are overloading our livers and leading to health issues such as heart problems, diabetes and obesity, which not only affects our quality of life, but also costs the NHS over £6 billion a year.
But why is orange juice, for example, so bad?
The key issue is a lack of fibre. When we eat fruit, fibre forms a protective layer that acts as a barrier to the intestine.
This slows absorption of sugar, so the liver has a chance to catch up. In fizzy drinks, fruit juices and smoothies, the barrier has gone, which leads to the liver being overloaded.
“So now you know so maybe their going to tell us that tea and coffee are good for us again” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington Lancashire.