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With the Christmas season being right round the corner and the much loved Coca-Cola truck making its appearance on our television screens and in our local cities, the Coca-Cola truck is now a symbol of Christmas, with many saying it isn’t Christmas until they see the famous advert.
However this year, Liverpool’s kicking back. There’s a petition for a ban of the iconic truck passing through the city this year. Liverpool’s Liberal Democrat leader Richard Kemp believes that the truck promotes obesity and says that the city is ‘in the grip of an obesity epidemic’ and that it is ‘grossly unhealthy.’
We have a look at the dietary information of the Coca Cola brand.
So, how much sugar does Coke really have?
We all know that regular Coke is full of sugar but do you know how much it actually contains? In a regular sized can of Coke, you’re looking at a whopping 9 teaspoons of sugar in one sitting. This is 2 teaspoons over what is recommended a day for an 11 year old child and 4 teaspoons more than what a 4 year old should be consuming daily.
What about Diet and Coke Zero?
These two drinks are often used as the ‘healthier’ alternative to regular Coke. Both of these only contain 1 calorie and neither of them contain any sugar. The sugars in these drinks have been replaced by the artificial sweetener called ‘Aspartame.’ Over the years this artificial sweetener has received a lot of negative press, with it being linked to cancer. However all of these claims have been rejected and it is deemed that Aspartame is completely safe for adults and children.
We all know that regular Coke contains a huge amount of sugar, so it should only be used as an occasional treat. Zero sugar Coca-Cola may be ‘sugar’ free, but it’s by no means a sensible option on a regular basis. It’s always advised to stick to water as although these contain no sugars, the artificial sweeteners are still bad for your teeth and will cause tooth decay in the same way as full fat Coke does.
In the end, Christmas is all about having fun and it is the time of year to indulge in those goodies that you may have chosen to avoid earlier on in the year. However, could this be the start of a backlash to big brands ignoring health advice and is it time for them to invest in developing their products for an increasing aware and discerning audience?