Three in 10 Chinese drinks have high sugar content, with one 250 ml sample found to have the equivalent of 10 sugar cubes, according to a study.
The Center for Food Safety tested 150 samples of Chinese beverages.
It found that 29 out of 101 samples from 11 types of non-prepackaged drinks had more than 7.5 grams of sugar per 100 ml, exceeding the World Health Organization limit.
A hawthorn drink contained the equivalent of 10 sugar cubes, Headline Daily reports.
Only one in five hawthorn samples showed acceptable sugar levels.
Nine in 10 kumquat and citron honey drinks also had high sugar content.
However, all 31 soy milk and Luo Han Guo drink samples were within the WHO limit.
Sugar produces energy but has low nutritional value.
Excessive intake can lead to obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart problems.
WHO recommends a daily intake not exceeding 50 grams for adults.
The study found Hong Kong consumers consider Chinese beverages healthy.
Consumer Council chief executive Gilly Wong said sour drinks tend to have higher sugar content.
This could be due to the manufacturers wanting the products easier to drink, she said.
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