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The Healthy Food Guide team believe that making small diet and lifestyle changes brings the best long-term gains. We look at the science behind the headlines and promote a balanced way of eating.

We don’t want to pour cold water on staying hydrated, but choose wisely, as not all flavoured varieties are a healthy choice.

 

Sip smart

Plain water just too boring for you? If you fancy flavoured water, have a go at making your own by adding lemons, limes or other fruits you enjoy to tap water – make up a jug and pop it in the fridge to enjoy throughout the day. Otherwise, choose your bought drink carefully:

Look out for the Change for Life Sugar Smart logo when shopping online

Don’t assume that a product with a healthy sounding name is good for you – sometimes it’s just clever marketing

Always go for sugar-free or low-sugar alternatives where available

Sugars per bottle/can unless otherwise stated

Robinsons Fruit Shoot Hydro Blackcurrant No Added Sugar Spring Water Drink, £2.39/4 x 350ml

0g total sugars
Robinsons Fruit Shoot Hydro Blackcurrant No Added Sugar Spring Water Drink

Aqua Fruta Sugar Free Strawberry & Raspberry Still Flavoured Water, 99p/4 x 500ml

0g total sugars
Aqua Fruta Sugar Free Strawberry & Raspberry Still Flavoured Water

Strathmore Twist Sugar Free Sparkling Lemon & Lime, 99p/1.5 litres,

0g total sugars
Strathmore Twist Sugar Free Sparkling Lemon & Lime

Sobe V Elderflower & Pear Water, £1.45/500ml

0g total sugars
Sobe V Elderflower & Pear Water

Trederwen Essence Forest Fruits Flavour Still Spring Water Drink
59p/2 litres

0g total sugars
Trederwen Essence Forest Fruits Flavour Still Spring Water Drink

Hydr8 Sugar Free Orange & Passionfruit British Water With Natural Flavourings, £3.99/12 x 500ml

0g total sugars
Hydr8 Sugar Free Orange & Passionfruit British Water With Natural Flavourings

Sainsbury’s No Added Sugar Still Strawberry & Kiwi Flavoured Spring Water Drink, 45p/1 litre, 

0.5g total sugars per 250ml serving
Sainsbury’s No Added Sugar Still Strawberry & Kiwi Flavoured Spring Water Drink

Tesco Sparkling Apple, Cranberry & Raspberry Flavoured Mineral Water, 59p/500ml

1g total sugars
Tesco Sparkling Apple, Cranberry & Raspberry Flavoured Mineral Water

Volvic Touch of Fruit Strawberry, £1/1.5 litres

12.1g total sugars per 250ml serving
Volvic Touch of Fruit Strawberry

Glaceau Vitaminwater Defence Raspberry & Apple, £1.45/500ml,

15g total sugars
Glaceau Vitaminwater Defence Raspberry & Apple

Rockstar Energy Water Sparkling Peach Flavour, 99p/355ml

31g total sugars
Rockstar Energy Water Sparkling Peach Flavour

This Juicy Water Lemons & Limes Spring Water Quencher, £1.20/420ml

37g total sugars
This Juicy Water Lemons & Limes Spring Water Quencher

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