Fruit drinks can be as acidic as vinegar.
Dentists have issued a warning about popular fruit drinks and smoothies after it emerged some can be as acidic as vinegar.
Fruity drinks are commonly given to children by well meaning parents to en...sure they get their five a day.
An investigation found many contained a high acid level which can erode tooth enamel.
Innocents this water drink with lemons and limes had a ph level of 2.7 which is more acidic than vinegar at 2.9. This is the upper end of the acidity scale where 7 is neutral and 1 is extremely high. Other drinks tested were Tropicana ornage juice, copella apple juice and innocent smoothies - all had levels ranging between 3.3 and 3.8. The worst was coke with a ph level of 2.5.
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The combination of high acid and sugar can destroy young teeth.
Children would be better to eat fruit with meals and juice to be a once a week treat and not a daily intake. Water after juice is also advised to wash away acid.