THE SUN is shining and the Pimm’s and Aperol’s are flowing.
But dentists are warning to refrain from overdoing the cocktails because they are laden with sugar.
Some of our favourites contain 90 per cent of the NHS recommended daily limit for sugar.
So it doesn’t bear thinking about how much is in an entire pitcher.
The NHS says adults should have no more than 30g of free sugars a day, roughly equivalent to seven sugar cubes.
This is to protect from obesity and related diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Sugar is also a key driver of tooth decay.
And to the dismay of boozers everywhere – cocktails taste so good because they are saturated with the sweet stuff.
Aperol spritz and Mimosas are mostly made of prosecco, which dentists have previously warned could rot teeth.
Dr Greg Grillo, dentist and spokesperson for ExpressDentist.com, said: “Cocktails often mix sugar and acid.”
For example a Mai Tai combines almond syrup with the juice of lime, while the bubbles in fizzy drinks releases carbon dioxide – making them acidic.
Dr Grillo said: “A pH below 5.5 can damage enamel, and even a squeeze of lime or lemon affects acidity.
“The best advice is to limit intake, and follow-up with water to reduce the length of exposure.
“Alcohol naturally dries out the mouth, and tooth decay tends to progress faster in a dry mouth. So, try to limit sugar sweeteners and juices.
“Adjusting recipes with moderate consumption helps your oral and systemic health."
COCKTAILS FULL OF SUGAR
The worst offenders are Pimm’s, Espresso, and a Moscow Mule, according to research from ExpressDentist.
It looked through recipes on BBC Good Food to collect sugar content in the most highly-rated recipes.
One serving of Pimm’s contains 84.3 per cent of the daily limit, with 25.3 grams of sugar.
Almost all the sugar in the drink comes from lemonade, which could easily be swapped for a sugar-free version.
Espresso Martini is close behind with 25 grams of sugar, followed by Moscow Mule with 23 grams.
A serving of each contains roughly six sugar cubes – leaving you with just one to spare over the rest of the day.
How much sugar is in your favourite cocktail?
List reads the cocktail, how many grams of sugar are in one seving, and the percentage of your daily limit
- Pimm’s: 25.3G, 84.3%
- Espresso Martini: 25G, 83.3%
- Moscow Mule: 23G, 76.7%
- Sangria: 22G, 73.3%
- Mimosa: 20G, 66.7%
- Aperol Spritz: 19G, 63.3%
- Tom Collins: 17G, 56.7%
- Mai Tai: 16.6G, 55.3%
- Long Island Iced Tea: 16G, 53.3%
- Passion Fruit Martini:16G, 53.3%
- Piña Colada: 13.6G, 45.3%
- Tequila Sunrise: 11G, 36.7%
- Whisky Sour: 9G, 30.0%
- Bloody Mary: 8G, 26.7%
- Sex on the Beach: 8G, 26.7%
- Cosmopolitan: 8G, 26.7%
- Daiquiri: 7G, 23.3%
- Margarita: 5G, 16.7%
- Mojito: 4.3G, 14.3%
- Dirty Martini: 0.4G, 1.3%
With at least five sugar cubes in each serving, summer favourites of Sangria and Aperol Spritz are more than 64 per cent of your daily sugar intake limit.
Just one Mimosa contains almost 67 per cent of your daily allowance even though it is simply prosecco and orange juice.
Sadly fruit juices, even though made from natural sugars, are still considered to be “added sugars” by health chiefs.
One serving of either a Tom Collins, Mai Tai, Long Island or Passion Fruit Martini contains around half your daily allowance.
Although they may not contain sugar in the form we know it, syrups and mixers such as cola or lemonade are where the problem lies.
Some of the safer cocktails include Sex on the Beach and Mojito – but too many would also see you go over your recommended intake.
With the lowest sugar content by far, a Dirty Martini contains just 0.4g of sugar – the tenth of one sugar cube.
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