Health experts have warned that fruit juice should be banned from the dinner table and replaced with milk or water to protect children.
In a study published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal, experts have advised parents against regular dishing out of sweetened drinks to their children.
AdvertisementThey have alluded that fruit juices precipitate sharp rises in obesity rates, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
An average teenager consumes 40% more sugar than acceptable and adults 13% more.
Researchers also labeled orange juice as a potentially dangerous drink that is as bad as sugary, sweetened drinks.
A 250ml serving of orange juice contains 115 calories which is equal to 7 teaspoons of sugar, and a can of regular Coke contains 139 calories.
Some health experts are urging the Government to stop grading juice as one of our 'five-a-day' portions of fruits and vegetables.
Susan Jebb, an expert in diet and population health at Oxford University, has called upon parents to ban all sweetened drinks in favor of water and milk.
Diabetes expert Prof Tom Sanders, King's College London, said: "Kids should get their fluid from drinking water. We need to reintroduce the habit of putting water on the table instead of a fruity beverage. Don't put pop on the table."
A report calling for a tax on soft drinks is expected to be published by Public Health England tomorrow.