When it comes to cocktails, it is trickier to gauge the sugar content as there can be slightly different recipes for the same cocktail; and of course, these may differ from pre-packaged options. However, for cocktails such as a screwdriver can have approximately 14g of sugar (that’s nearly four segments of a chocolate orange) and a mojito can have as much as 24g (about the same as a slice of chocolate yule log)!
||Two Chocolates from an assorted selction tin
|Whiskey and ginger ale (25ml of spirit and 100ml of mixer)
||That's another two chocolates from the tin!
||A mince pie
||A slice of chocolate yule log
|'Bomb shot' (a standard shot of spirit with 100ml of energy drink)
||Almost two slices of panettone
*Average sugar content based on three supermarket brands
But the important thing to remember, at this time of year when we’re faced with all sorts of indulgent treats, is to think about how much sugar we’re having not just in our food but also our drinks. By being more aware of what is in your favourite Christmas tipple and how much that can affect your sugar intake, means you can make a more informed decision on what you have. And just because it’s Christmas, try not to relax your daily oral health routine; looking after your teeth and gums with regular brushing and flossing will help you minimise the negative effects of sugar and acid erosion.
Published 12 December 2016
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