But perhaps we haven’t realised just how bad sugar can be for us and also how much of it can be found in our favourite tipple.
So before you think you’re in the clear when it comes to quaffing your drink of choice – here are a few indicators of just how much sugar is in your favourite bevy:
*Your quintessential GIN & TONIC contains four teaspoons of sugar.
VODKA & CRANBERRY contains a whopping 7.5 teaspoons of sugar. Admittedly vodka itself has pretty much zero sugar, but then we weren’t all brought up drinking neat vodka.
RUM & COKE contains a un(healthy) seven teaspoons of sugar.
When we move onto unmixed alcohol, like ciders, wines and beers, the results are a little more cheerful:
CIDER is probably the worst culprit, with around 5 teaspoons of sugar per bottle.
WHITE WINE has a lower sugar content – 1.5 teaspoons of sugar – but this of course depends on which white wine you’re drinking.
RED WINE is probably about your safest bet with only a quarter teaspoon of sugar per glass.
The good news is that BEERS and ALES contain the least sugar overall.
A bottle of BEER contains around 0.5 of a teaspoon of sugar and a bottle of ALE contains about 1 teaspoon.
So, although this should have you heading on down to your local and raising your glass, full of good beer cheer, you’ll need to bear in mind that a lot of your beers and ales also contain additives, corn syrups, preservatives and colorants.
Of course, seeing as AquAid are all about water, you have to have known that there had to be a mention in here somewhere, so here it is:
All of the above drinks start with water and a combination of processes, whether it’s mixing water with barley or water with potatoes – which is, I suppose, quite a plus – as this means, in essence, you are drinking water.
If it’s unlikely that you’re about to give up your favourite tipple, irrespective of how much or how little sugar it has – try this option out – for every drink you have, match it with a glass of water.
Then there’s the final option (which may just have the majority of us running for the hills with some home-made distilling type set-up) which involves ditching the drinks and all that sugar and sticking to drinking water. It may not give you the same kick as neat vodka will (also zero percent sugar) but you’ll never have to count sugar content again.
*Volumes here are loosely based on either a 500ml bottle or a glass of.