Science-We are what we drink?!!!

Today in science, we are going to look at the sugar and salt content contained in some of our favourite drinks we consume everyday. I think the results may surprise you.

Nutrients – your body needs them! But, what are nutrients?

The nutrients found in all foods and drinks provide nourishment for the body. This nourishment is in the form of:
■Substances which provide energy
■Building blocks for bone, muscle, organs, hormones and blood
■Substances needed for processes to occur in the body (like digestion)
■Substances that protect the body

Nutrients are drawn from a wide variety of foods and the more varied your diet, the more likely you are to obtain all the nutrients you need.
– See more at:
The 4 Key Nutrients

The Daily Intake Guide features Energy + 4 Key Nutrients:
2.Saturated Fat
4.Sodium (salt)

Additional Nutrients:

Vitamins & Minerals


Energy is not a nutrient but, kilojoules (food energy) are important for providing energy for your daily activities.

Protein, fats and carbohydrates are converted into energy in different quantities. Vitamins and minerals are also essential nutrients for the body, but they are not converted into energy.

Energy is required to fuel body processes (metabolism) and physical activity. If we consume more energy than we use for metabolism and physical activity, the excess is stored as body fat. You need to be sure to balance the energy you consume through foods with the energy you expend during the day. The more active you are the more energy you need and vice versa.

The reference value for an average adult is 8,700 kJ

Sugars Sugars are carbohydrates that provide the body with energy, our body’s fuel. Sugars occur naturally in fruit, vegetables and dairy foods and are added to foods for flavour, texture and colour. You should aim to consume no more than your recommended intake and limit foods that are high in added sugars and low in other nutrients. The reference value for sugars for an average adult is 90 grams. Sodium (salt) Sodium (salt) is needed for good health; however, too much can cause adverse health effects through its function of raising blood pressure. Our diets generally contain far more sodium than we need, due to the level of added salt in some packaged products. It is important for you to be aware of your sodium intake for heart health and you should aim to consume no more than your recommended intake. The reference value for sodium for an average adult is 2,300 milligrams.

Today we are going to look at many differnet varieties of our favourite drinks and look at just how much sugar and salt are in these items.

We are looking at
Coke- 600ml
Coke Life- 600ml
Big M- 600ml
Orange prima juicebox
Liptons Ice Tea-600ml
Dare Iced Coffee- 600ml
V drink-600ml

How much sugar and salt do you think are in each of these items?
Do you think it is an acceptable amount?


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