‘Healthy’ fizzy drink contains 12 teaspoons of sugar

A new ‘healthy’ fizzy drink being introduced to the McDonald’s Happy Meal menu on 16th May names Fruitizz claims to offer one of a child’s five a day.

‘Healthy’ fizzy drink contains 12 teaspoons of sugar

by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 9th May 2012

The drink contains no added sugars, artificial colours or flavours and blends 60% fruit juice from grapes, apples and raspberries with natural sparkling water, giving one of the five-a-day portions.  However, according to the Telegraph a 500ml portion contains 200 calories and 49 grams of sugar.

More desirable

The drink will be served from the same area as the other soft drinks as McDonald’s research claims children find this “more exciting and desirable”.  McDonald’s chief executive and president Jill McDonald said:

“We are thrilled to be unveiling Fruitizz, a refreshing fizzy fruit juice drink that will help parents give children one of their five-a-day.  For the past three years, we have been working hard behind the scenes to create a fizzy drink that is unlike anything else currently available in high street restaurants. We tried and tested 80 formulations in order to create the right product that delivers nutritional benefit as well as a new, exciting taste”.

Advice for parents

Mindful Mum nutritionist Charlotte Stirling- Reed says

“Although this drink is more natural than many other soft drinks, unfortunately, it is not  going to solve our obesity problem. There is still a lot of sugar in these drinks and when fruit is juiced, this sugar becomes more freely available and so can still result in problems such as tooth decay and can increase intake of calories!  Water is still the best source of fluids for mum, dad and your little ones! Fruit juice, if consumed alongside a meal, is great to have but no more than once a day, mainly due to the impact it can otherwise have on teeth”.

How to protect your child’s teeth

5 tips for protecting pre-school teeth5 tips for protecting your child’s teethFor more information on taking care of your little one’s teeth read the top tips from our nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed.

Source:  The Press Association, McDonald’s plans ‘5 a day drink’, 9th May 2012
Photography: Lisa Padilla @Flickr 

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  1. Uncomfortable with 1 of your 5 a day claim! Can McDonalds juice include fibre? Good job they offer water in happy meals too!

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