Popular 'cocktails in a can' and alcopops can contain as much sugar as SIX Krispy Kreme doughnuts

Mail Online | 1/21/2020 | Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Some popular 'cocktails in a can' and alcopops are crammed with as much sugar as six Krispy Kreme doughnuts, an investigation has found.

A nutritional review of 208 pre-mixed alcoholic drinks on supermarket shelves found just 14 (9 per cent) had labels revealing how much sweet stuff they contained.

Half - Beverages - Information - Pack - Website

More than half of the beverages did not provide information on the pack or website, leaving scientists little option but to analyse some themselves in a laboratory.

The 'alarming' investigation found WKD Blue, an ultra-sweet alcopop, was the worst offender, serving up 59g of sugar in one 700ml bottle.

Equivalent - Original - Glazed - Krispy - Kreme

That is the equivalent of six Original Glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts (10g) and double an adult's entire maximum daily allowance (30g), according to the NHS.

Another fruity vodka mix, VK Blue, was also crammed with sugar, dishing out 52g in one 700ml bottle, more than two half-litre bottles of Fanta Orange (24g).

Drinks - Beverages - Law - Information - Packaging

But despite containing far more sugar than many soft drinks, alcoholic beverages are not required by law to provide nutritional information on packaging.

Action on Sugar said this means some consumers were unknowingly 'drinking their way to tooth decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes.'

Government - Mandatory - Alcohol - Industry

It demanded the government makes traffic-light labelling mandatory on all alcohol, claiming the industry had proven it was 'unable to police itself'.

Activists also called for the introduction of a levy similar to the soft drinks tax, which has seen the amount of sugar in them plummet by a third since 2018.

TGI - Fridays - Passion - Fruit - Martini

TGI Fridays' Passion Fruit Martini was another one of the worst offending drinks, the investigation found.

One 500ml bottle was packed with 12 teaspoons (49.1g) of sugar, almost the same as two 250ml cans of Red Bull (55g).

Company - Pink - Punk - Mojito - Stuff

The company's Pink Punk Mojito was also crammed with the sweet stuff, dishing out 46.7g in one 500ml bottle.

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