Revealed: How do some of the nation's top-selling flavored gins contain up to 15 teaspoons of sugar (so, YOUR favorite of the worst offenders?)
- Many Spritz-loving Britons may not know that their favorite pink candies are full of sugar
- Whitley Neill & # 39; s handmade rhubarb and ginger gin has 15 teaspoons in a bottle
- Fan-favorite Gordon & # 39; s Pink Gin contains nearly 7 g of sugar per 100 ml serving
Pink gin is fast becoming the hippest drink of the summer – but many Britons may not be aware that many of them are full of sugar.
Some of the favorite flavored gins contain up to 65 grams, the equivalent of 15 teaspoons, in a full bottle.
For example, Whitley Neill's Handcrafted Rhubarb and Ginger Gin contain 9.3 g of sugar in every 100 ml – about two double shots.
The NHS says that adults should not have more than 30 g of added sugar per day, which means that two double gins can be equal to one third of the recommended amount.
Not all sugars in flavored gins are free sugars, but Diabetes UK says that spirits should not contain any sugars at all.
The handmade Rhubarb & Ginger Gin from Whitley Neill (left) and the handmade Raspberry variety (right) contain 9.3 g of sugar in every 100 ml. The full 70 cl bottles contain more than 15 teaspoons of sweet things
Gordon's Premium Pink Gin – which made an extra £ 100 million for the company after last year's launch – contained nearly 7 g of sugar per 100 ml (the equivalent of two doubles)
Unlike soft drink producers, alcohol companies are not legally obliged to state the sugar content in bottles.
But it means that customers play sugar noulette when buying the fruity drinks, according to health experts.
Bestseller Gordon & # 39; s Premium Pink Gin – which British have spent £ 100 million since last year's launch contains almost 7 g of sugar per 100 ml.
And the entire 70 cl shiny pink bottle is filled with more than 11 teaspoons of sweet things.
Warner Edwards Victoria & # 39; s Rhubarb Gin (left) also appeared to be loaded with sugar and served 9.2 g – almost two teaspoons – in each 100 ml. Beefeater & # 39; s London Premium Pink Gin (right) was slightly lighter, but still contained more than one teaspoon (4.6 g) of sugar per 100 ml
Warner Edwards Victoria & # 39; s Rhubarb Gin is also loaded with sugar and serves 9.2g in every 100 ml. A teaspoon of sugar is approximately 4 g.
Beefeater & # 39; s London Premium Pink Gin is slightly lighter, but still contains more than one teaspoon (4.6 g) per 100 ml.
Consumer research released by Greenall, a gin maker, revealed today that a third of British gin lovers do not know that flavored gins contain sugar.
HOW MANY SUGAR IS TOO MUCH?
The amount of sugar that a person should eat per day depends on how old she is.
Children from four to six years old must be limited to a maximum of 19 g per day.
Seven to 10 year olds should not have more than 24 g and children 11 years and older should have 30 g or less.
Popular snacks contain a surprising amount of sugar and even one can of Coca-Cola (35 grams of sugar) or one stick of Mars (33 grams) contains more than the maximum amount of sugar that a child should have over an entire day.
A bowl of Frosties contains 24 g of sugar, which means that a 10-year-old who has Frosties for breakfast probably has reached his limit for the day before they even leave the house.
Children who eat too much sugar run the risk of damaging their teeth, attracting fat and becoming overweight and getting type 2 diabetes, which increases the risk of heart disease and cancer.
The survey, which assessed 2,000 drinkers, showed that more than three-quarters (77 percent) believe that the sugar content should be clearly stated on bottles of flavored gins.
Under current UK law, alcohol brands are not required to list ingredients, including sugar, on their labels.
Tam Fry, president of the National Obesity Forum, said it was & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; was that alcohol companies did not have to adopt the same rules as food products.
He said: & # 39; It is ridiculous that there are no sugar volumes on these gins. Consumers have the right to know not only what is in their food, but also in their nipples.
& # 39; The excessive levels that some of them will be will not only be the downfall of the mother, but also that of everyone. & # 39;
Gordon & # 39; s Gin declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.
Aurélie Kane, communications director at Pernod Ricard UK, said: & # 39; We recognize that consumers are demanding more and more transparency of information about the products they eat and drink so that they can make healthier choices.
& # 39; We also believe that it is important and that is why Pernod Ricard, as a member of spiritsEurope, has agreed to provide calorie information on labels (per 100 ml and typical serving), in addition to the complete ingredient list and detailed product-specific information that we already have provide online. This applies to products entering the United Kingdom from December 2019. & # 39;
MailOnline has approached Whitley Neill and Warner Edwards.
Rob Curteis, global marketing director of Greenall's Gin, said: & # 39; Innovation is good for the gin category and flavored gins certainly have their place, because they bring mass & # 39; s people to gin who previously have not been attractive had discovered.
We also acknowledge that consumers want to make an informed choice about how much sugar they consume. & # 39;
|Brand||Sugar per 100 ml||Sugar per 70 ml bottle||Alcohol content%|
|Whitley Neill Handmade raspberry hawk
Whitley Neill Handmade rhubarb and ginger
Gordon & # 39; s Premium Pink Distilled Gin
Warner Edwards Victoria & # 39; s Rhubarb Gin
Beefeater London Premium Pink Gin
Bloom Jasmine and Rose Gin
Greenall & # 39; s Wild Berry Gin
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