02.A sugary start
All the drinks we reviewed include
added sugars, with 21 of 23 containing
levels per 100g that we classify as being
moderate in sugars for a food product.
While lactose, a type of sugar, occurs
naturally in milk, it’s the added sugars
at the top of the ingredient lists that
are of concern.
Ten drinks have more
than 23g of sugars per serve, roughly
the same as a regular chocolate bar. Naturally occurring sugars in a cup
of full-cream milk are around 12g.
Corn syrup solids, which are present
in Sanitarium Up&Go and Up&Go
Energize, are a sweet sugar substitute
made by treating cornflour with acids
or enzymes. They offer little nutritional
value – just empty kilojoules – and may
even have a negative impact for those
suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.