How to cool down without the sugar
by Alison McAleese, LiveLighter Victoria Campaign Manager and Dietitian
- January 11, 2018
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We've got the lowdown on those frozen sugary drinks, and some healthier super cooling options.
Clever marketing makes frozen drinks seem like a cheap and innocent way to cool down on a scorching day. But look beyond the price tag and you'll find how packed they are with added sugar!
The worst offenders had up to 20 teaspoons of sugar per serve - that's like eating 8 icypoles!
For best health, The World Health Organization recommends adults limit added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons a day. Having even one of these sugar-laden drinks blows that limit out of the water.
Regularly drinking sugary drinks, including frozen drinks, increases our risk of weight gain. Being above a healthy weight increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and 13 different cancers.
The worst offenders
|Product||Size||Sugar (teaspoons)||How many icypoles is that?|
|7-11 Slurpee||$3 Mega||20||7.6|
|Hungry Jacks Frozen Coke/ Fanta||Jumbo||18||6.9|
|7-11 Slurpee||$2 Super||15||5.7|
|McDonalds Frozen Coke/ Fanta||$1 Large||14||5.2|
|KFC Freeze||$1 Large||12||4.5|
|7-11 Slurpee||$1 Large||11||4.2|
|Hungry Jacks Frozen Coke/ Fanta||Large||12||4.3|
|(Data collected 2018)|
Sugar-free ways to stay cool
- Keep well hydrated with iced water
- Use a spray bottle to spritz yourself with water. Keep it in the fridge for added chill factor.
- Place a cold, wet tea towel over the back of your neck
- Go for a swim. Even a kiddie paddling pool will do the trick!
Refreshing options to make at home
We've also got some fresh frozen treats, including sorbets and popsicles made from simple ingredients.
How do you stay cool on a hot day? Leave us a comment and we'll spread the word. For more info, check out our top tips for cutting back on sugary drinks