London: "Healthy" drinks may not be that healthy -- these often contain far more sugar than people realise and can actually add up to 450 calories a day to one`s diet, researchers have warned. A team at Glasgow University has based its findings on a survey in which it asked more than 2,000 people in the UK to estimate how much sugar was in a range of drinks, the `Daily Mail` reported. While many overestimated the amount of sugar in fizzy beverages, they underestimated levels in smoothies and fruit juices. The researchers also found that soft drinks account for a large chunk of their recommended calorie intake. The participants were asked to guess number of teaspoons of sugar in a range of popular drinks. They underestimated it for pure apple juice and orange juice, a caffeinated energy drink and a smoothie by between two and four teaspoons. And for a pomegranate-based drink, they underestimated the sugar content by nearly 18 teaspoons.
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