Fears new sports drink labelling will promote unhealthy habits

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is considering permitting electrolyte drinks to carry health claims beyond their current limited permissions.

FSANZ says manufacturers would only be allowed to make scientifically substantiated health claims, such as how beneficial the drinks are for the replacement of fluid, carbohydrates and electrolytes lost as a result of sustained strenuous physical activity.

Currently, sports drinks contain too much sugar – about eight teaspoons per average