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Ginger beer flavour drinks have 'highest amount of sugar'

Seven of the top ten drinks with the highest amount of sugar are ginger beer flavoured beverages, according to data found by Action on Sugar.

The soft drink survey was carried out in May 2014 and products were checked the week commencing June 2.

Fizzy drinks contain up to 13 teaspoons of sugar, according to data found by Action on Sugar. Credit: PA

According to the survey, fizzy drinks containing the highest amount of sugar, measured in teaspoons per 330ml, include:

  • Old Jamaica ginger beer- 13 tsp
  • Jammin sparkling ginger beer- 13 tsp
  • Club Orange- 12 tsp
  • Barr's original ginger beer- 12 tsp
  • Waitrose ginger beer- 11 tsp
  • Marks & Spencer fiery ginger beer- 11 tsp
  • Sainsbury's fiery ginger beer- 11 tsp
  • Sainsbury's cloudy lemonade- 11 tsp
  • Fanta grape flavoured drink- 11 tsp
  • Tesco fiery lemonade- 11 tsp

Two thirds of ginger beer drinks contain more sugar than Coca Cola- despite results that a typical can of Coca Cola contains as much sugar as three and half Krispy Kreme Donuts, according to Action on Sugar.

Results found Coca Cola contained nine teaspoons of sugar in a 330ml can.

Two thirds of ginger beer drinks contain more sugars than Coca Cola, according to Action on Sugar. Credit: PA

According to data some elderflower sparkling drinks, such as Tesco Finest Grape & Elderflower Spritz containing 10 teaspoons of sugar, were also found to be higher in sugar than a can of Coke.

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