THEY are cheap, delicious and we love to slurp them down on a hot summer's day.

Frozen drinks may be a tasty way to cool off but according to the Cancer Council Queensland, they could be detrimental to your health.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said many Queenslanders weren't aware how much sugar was in one frozen drink.

"Many frozen soft drinks and slurpees can contain between 14 and 25 teaspoons of sugar per serve," Ms Clift said

"Consuming 25 teaspoons of sugar in one serve is far in excess of what is recommended as part of a healthy, balanced diet."

Up to 37% of daily energy intake for Queenslanders aged two years and older comes from discretionary foods - foods high in energy with little nutritional value, new research shows.

Twelve percent of Queensland adults and about 8% of Queensland children consume soft drink daily.

"Sugary drink consumption is highest among teenage boys in Queensland - 70% had consumed a drink in the previous 24 hours when surveyed," Ms Clift said.

Ms Clift said up to one-third of all cancers were preventable through simple life

style choices, including maintaining a healthy diet and a healthy weight.

"We're calling on Queenslanders to stick with water or unsweetened low-fat milk as a summer day refreshment.

"Avoid the excess sugar intake - your body will thank you for it!"

Sugar facts

600ml sports drink = 9 packs of sugar

250ml energy drink = 6 packs of sugar

If you drink 1 x 600ml regular soft drink every day for a year you will drink 23kg of sugar.

For more information, visit http://www.rethinksugarydrink.org.au

* 1 pack= 4 grams of sugar



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