Since I’m approaching my middle-age steadily, I have started to be a little bit careful with what I consume. Whilst in the past I would easily relish home-delivery pizza for dinner and cold pizza for breakfast, custard donut for morning tea and all the not-good-for-you snacks throughout the day, now I’m watching what I eat more carefully (I still occasionally indulge – it’s hard to say no to delicious food, cakes or chocolate!). 🙂
In the spirit of watching what I consume, I have also stopped drinking soda for about a year now – when I visit a junk-food outlet, I usually order a bottle of water instead of a large Coke or Pepsi. I thought I should watch my sugar intake – having fulfilled two out of three diabetes indicators and fast approaching the third ( having diabetic parents;  overweight;  over 40). I vaguely recall watching a current affair program once about the amount of sugar in non-soda alternatives (such as iced tea or flavoured water), so imagine my horror when I discovered that non-soda alternatives actually contain an obscene level of sugar in them. The following non-exhaustive list of sugar content is based on a quick online research and personal experience:
1 can of Coca Cola: 39g
1 can of Pepsi: 41g
1 bottle of Lipton Ice Red Tea: 28g
1 bottle of Lipton Ice Green Tea: 34g
1 bottole of Lipton Peach Ice Tea: 34g
1 bottle of Spring Valley Mango and Banana Nectar: 47.6g
1 bottle of Spring Valley Mango and Berry Nectar: 34.5g
1 can of Calpico Water: 37g
1 can of Sprite: 38g
1 bottle of Nestea Pear and Honey: 33g
1 pack of Teh Kotak: 17g
1 pack of Teh Botol: 21g
1 slim pack of Yeo’s Chrysanthemum Tea: 18g
How scary is that? Non-soda alternatives are no better compared to soda!
Of course the rebuttal may be that there is naturally-occuring sugar from the ingredients, however, reading Spring Valley’s Nutrition Information reveal “Cane Sugar” as one of the key ingredients or that Calpico Water contains high-fructose corn syrup as one of the main ingredients. Even if I put a teaspoon of sugar in my coffee or tea, it only translates to approximately 4g of sugar. So, imagine yourself wolfing down on ten teaspoons of sugar as you drink that can of Pepsi or Coke, or about eight to nine teaspoons of sugar as you drink the seemingly healthier Ice Tea. Even the seemingly more innocent Indonesian Teh Kotak or Teh Botol contains about four to five teaspoons of sugar! Shudder.
So if you’re serious about limiting the amount of sugar, the good old pure and fresh H2O could be the only answer, rather than gunking your system with phenylalanine, aspartame or other alternative sweeteners!