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October 25, 2023

Turns out gin and tonics are actually full of sugar – you’re better off drinking Sprite

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If you’ve ever foregone a fun cocktail in favour of a gin and tonic because it felt like a lower-calorie option, think again.

A popular TikTok user has revealed tonic water is actually full of sugar, and is nowhere near as ‘healthy’ as people think.

In fact, one glass of tonic water has more sugar than the same amount of Sprite.

Watch the video above. 

A man holds up a bottle of tonic water in the supermarket

In a video posted to TikTok that’s now racked up more than half a million views, the user named Freezma showed off the label on a bottle of tonic water, with the caption “Tag that friend who drinks Gin & Tonics when they’re dieting.”

“I don’t know who needs to see this, but this might blow your freakin’ mind,” he starts the video’s narration.

Filmed in the supermarket, the camera freezes on the nutritional label of the bottle, showing that each serving has 83 calories and a massive 20.5 grams of sugar.

He then grabs a bottle of Sprite, and displays the nutrition panel. One serving of Sprite has 72 calories and 17 grams of sugar – still a lot but definitely less than the tonic water.

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The nutrition label on a bottle of Sprite

A lot of people in the comments section were shocked by the sugar content in tonic water, while others said that it was a gross-tasting drink anyway.

One user explained the difference between mixers: “Sparkling water = carbonated water. Soda water = carbonated water + bicarbonate of soda. Tonic water = carbonated water + sugar + quinine,” they wrote.

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“Good luck drinking tonic water without sugar. No one could bear it,” another person added, as the taste of the sugar is needed to balance out the quinine. 

Close up of female hand holding Gin Tonic

A few commenters pointed out that soft drinks like Sprite actually contain less sugar per serving than they used to, as they’re now manufactured with artificial sweeteners in addition to sugar.

“I drink gin and diet lemonade,” one person suggested, as a low-calorie tonic water alternative.

Though one upside to drinking tonic water is the way it glows in low light – the perfect drink to have in a club.

“Put tonic water under UV lights and watch it glow! My fave drink to make when I was bartending was gin and tonic – for the glow!,” one comment read.

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