Could your drinks be making you sick?

We all know that sugary drinks aren’t good for us. We all know that a can of soft drink is not the best choice. However some of the statistics are staggering.

Did you know:

  • Drinking just one can of soft drink each day could cause you to gain almost 7kg in a year?
  • If you drink one, 600ml soft drink each day in a year you would consume 23kg of sugar?


Following weight loss surgery it is even more important to be wary of sugary drinks, due to the risk of dumping syndrome. Often discussed among weight loss surgery patients but not always well understood, dumping syndrome is a common side effect following gastric bypass surgery. One report states that 50-70% of patients will experience dumping syndrome in the early stages after surgery, however, these symptoms will often subside after 15-18 months. Dumping syndrome has also been reported after sleeve gastrectomy. Dumping syndrome usually occurs after making poor food choices, particularly those high in sugar, particularly sugary drinks. This can include drinks high in natural sugar such as fruit juice.

Dumping syndrome can occur at different times after eating. Early dumping occurs within 10-30 minutes of eating. As food spends less time in the upper part of the digestive system, undigested food parts pass quickly into the lower bowel, causing an influx of fluid into the bowel to try and dilute the food, stretching the bowel and making it contract. This can cause symptoms such as nausea, bloating, abdominal cramps and diarrhoea. Late dumping occurs one to three hours after eating due to low blood glucose (sugar) levels caused by an oversupply of insulin. People experience a drop in blood pressure and increased heart rate, which causes flushing, dizziness, palpitations and an intense feeling of wanting to lie down.

As you can see, dumping syndrome can make you feel really sick! Often people are experiencing the symptoms of dumping syndrome following surgery and are not sure why. The key can often lie in sugary foods and drinks.

Take a look at these images from our book, Spoons for Thought, which shows you the teaspoons of sugar hiding in various drinks. We know you all expect to find sugar in Coca-Cola, but what about something that sounds more healthy, like lemon, lime and bitters?

Iced tea may sound like a better option, but it contains more sugar than cordial!

These images are courtesy of our book, Spoons for Thought, which will help you make sense of the foods you eat. With over 250 photos of real foods and drinks, and the teaspoons of fat and sugar they contain, Spoons for Thought does not tell you what not to eat, but rather provides practical ideas on improving your food choices, to avoid issues like dumping syndrome. This book can help you find the hidden sugars in your diet that may be making you feel sick. It could even be fruit juice, with up to 13 teaspoons of sugar in a bottle you pick up at the service station when you pay for your petrol.

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