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How much sugar is hidden in drinks marketed to children? A survey of fruit juices, juice drinks and smoothies
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    Suggesting that sugars are 'hidden' in drinks marketed to children is misleading

    Efforts to reduce sugar intake among children are required as intakes are much higher than recommended. Sweetened drinks are one of the main sources of dietary sugars, particularly for children and adolescents, and sugar intakes are around 2-3 times more than recommended by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. That said, juices and smoothies make a nutritionally valuable contribution to children's diets as the...

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    Sugar in children's fruit drinks

    Growing public awareness of the detrimental effect sugar sweetened drinks has on children's teeth and weight has prompted many parents to choose seemingly healthier fruit juice and smoothie alternatives. However, the recent study by Boulton et al. has found that fruit based drinks, such as fruit juices and smoothies, specially marketed to UK children contain "unacceptably high" levels of sugar. [1]

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