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How to cool down without the sugar

At first glimpse a frozen drink can seem like a cheap and fun way to cool down on a scorching day. However, we looked beyond the price tag and found they’re packed with added sugar!

In fact, many frozen drinks contain around 30 teaspoons of sugar, while the worst offenders have up to 50 teaspoons!

The World Health Organization recommends we limit our added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons a day, so it’s alarming to realise that one slushee contains around 5 times this – the mega sizes are even worse.

Regularly drinking sugary drinks, including frozen drinks, increases our risk of weight gain and can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

While clever marketing makes frozen drinks seem like a fun, cheap way to cool down, there are many other options that aren’t packed with sugar and won’t put you above a healthy weight.

Here are 7 tips to help you cool down on a hot day:

  1. Keep well hydrated with water: Before reaching for a sugary drink, make sure you’re well hydrated with cool iced water. It can be easy to confuse thirst for hunger.
  2. Reach for sparkling water instead of a sugary drink: Think you’re just restricted to tap water? Think again. Change it up by trying different types of water like spring, mineral or flavoured water.
  3. Run water over your wrists or use a cold towel: Run water over your wrists or wrap a cool wet towel around your neck.
  4. Make your own drinks: Try LiveLighter’s refreshing drinks that aren’t packed with sugar. Cucumber or mint are perfect options for a hot afternoon.
  5. Make your own frozen treats: We have plenty of recipes for inspiration including frozen berry sorbet and strawberry kiwi icy treats.
  6. Go for a swim: Ocean, pool, river or lake – or even a kiddie paddling pool – will all do the trick. If there isn’t a swimming spot nearby try a cool shower or bath.
  7. Spritz yourself with water: Use a spray bottle of water to cool down your face and arms – keep it in the fridge for added chill factor.

For more info and tips for cutting back on sugary drinks check out www.cancervic.org.au/healthyweight