Sugary drinks can cause tooth decay and obesity. They can also lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers in the future.

Maximum Daily Allowance

The Maximum Daily Allowance (MDA) shows the maximum amount of sugar that children of all ages can have to stay healthy.

The amount of sugar in some popular drinks is staggering to say the least. Some drinks can contain double or even triple a child’s maximum daily sugar allowance. Giving your child drinks like these on a regular basis can put their health at risk. There’s simply no place in a child’s diet for these types of drinks.

Given the risk that these drinks pose to a child’s health you would expect them to be clearly marked as such, unfortunately this is not the case. It can be difficult to see which drinks to avoid, which is why we’ve put together a clear list that you can use to help keep your child safe from sugar.

Sugary drinks

We’ve ordered in this section by sugar content, so you can see which drinks contain the most sugar.

Mountain Dew, Coca Cola Classic, Classic Coke, Monster, Pepsi, Yop Raspberry, Frijj Chocolate Milkshake, Ribena, Volvic Juiced, Frijj Strawberry, Vimto Fizzy, Orangina, Dr Pepper, 7 Up, Fanta Orange, Vimto Still, Capri Sun, San Pellegrino, Tropicana, Fresh Orange, Innocent, Volvic Lemon, Drench Strawberry, Oasis Citrus, Fruit Shoot My5, Fruit Shoot

You can’t beat water!

When it comes to healthy refreshing drinks, water is king! Try and get into the habit of serving water either at meal times or when your child is thirsty throughout the day. Once they get used to regularly drinking water they should be more hydrated and crave sugary drinks less. And if you’re giving your children flavoured water check the label first as some can contain added sugar.

Liverpool’s water comes from one of the most beautiful lakes in Wales, Lake Vyrnwy. This water provides a quality and purity to rival top selling bottled waters and all you need to do to enjoy it is turn on the tap.

Milk is good for teeth

Tooth friendly and packed with vitamins and minerals, milk is a great choice for people of all ages. It’s also a good source of calcium, which helps to build and keep bones and teeth healthy.

Dentist’s tips

1. The sugar found in sugary drinks, including fruit juice can cause tooth decay
2. The acid found in all soft drinks, including diet and ‘no added sugar’ may cause enamel damage.
3. If you choose sugary or diet drinks have these with meals

HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN YOUR CHILD’S CEREALS?

Cereals

We’ve put together a handy list to help you choose a healthier breakfast for your child.

MAXIMUM DAILY ALLOWANCE

Maximum Daily Allowance

4-5 years, 5 sugar cubes. 7-10 years, 6 sugar cubes. 11 plus years 7 sugar subes. 1 sugar cube equals 4 grams.

Learn how the sugar from cereals and drinks can add up during the day.

Sugary Drinks

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