The U.K.-based Action on Sugar campaign has issued a new survey allegedly revealing “the shockingly high and unnecessary levels of sugar in carbonated sugar-sweetened soft drinks,” according to a June 12, 2014, press release. After analyzing 232 sugar-sweetened drinks sold in grocery stores, Action on Sugar researchers reported that 79 percent of surveyed beverages contain six or more teaspoons of sugar per can. In particular, the campaign singled out ginger beer as one category of sugar-sweetened beverage with higher sugar levels than expected, recommending that these drinks contain only 9 grams of sugar per 100 milliliters.

“Added sugars are completely unnecessary in our diets and are strongly linked to obesity and Type II Diabetes, as well as to dental caries; which remains a major problem for children and adults,” said Action on Sugar Chair Graham MacGregor. “Replacing sugar with sweeteners is not the answer: we need to reduce overall sweetness so people’s tastes can adjust to having less sweet drinks… A similar approach has successfully reduced salt intake; people are consuming 15% less salt than they were 10 years ago, and now prefer less salty foods… It is NOW time to do the same for sugar.”