Revealed: The disturbing truth of what's really in your slushie

People drinking a slurpee or slushie to cool down in the summer heat could be sucking down an entire week's worth of sugar in a single sitting, health agencies warn.

LiveLighter and Rethink Sugary Drink, an alliance of 18 health agencies, have teamed up to launch the 'Don't Be Sucked In' campaign, warning that some large-size frozen drinks contain as much as 20.4 teaspoons of sugar.

That's almost half an entire week's recommended maximum in a single cup.

The campaign graphically depicts a person sipping on a large cup of bulging, toxic fat and will be plastered at Melbourne bus and tram stops for two weeks.

'Don't be sucked in': The confronting ad depicts a person sipping a large cup of bulging fat. Source:

Health agencies have teamed up to launch a graphic advertising campaign in Melbourne, warning consumers of the dangerous amount of sugar in frozen drinks. Source: Instagram

"These cheap, frozen drinks might seem refreshing on a hot day, but we want people to realise they could easily be sucking down an entire week's worth of sugar in a single sitting," the Cancer Council's Craig Sinclair said on Thursday.

LiveLighter campaign manager and dietitian Alison McAleese said drinking a large 7-Eleven Slurpee every day in summer could result in nearly 2kg of weight gain.

"This summer, Aussies could be slurping their way towards weight gain, obesity and toxic fat, increasing their risk of 13 types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart and kidney disease, stroke and tooth decay," Ms McAleese said.

The campaign is an effort to counteract cheap frozen drink promotions over the summer, the group said.

Hungry Jacks Frozen Coke or Frozen Fanta Mango, jumbo size has 18.3 grams in each cup. Source: Hungry Jacks

"At this time of year it's almost impossible to escape the enormous amount of advertising and promotions for frozen drink specials on TV, social media and public transport," Mr Sinclair said.

The alliance also recommends a 20 per cent levy on sugary drinks.

Soft drinks are equally bad. For example a large coke and a large frozen coke both contain 55 grams of sugar.


  • 7-11 Slurpee Cola or Raspberry, mega size, 62 grams of sugar

  • Hungry Jacks Frozen Coke or Frozen Fanta Mango, large size, 46 grams

  • McDonalds Frozen Coke, large, 55 grams

SOURCE: Myfitnesspal, Hungry Jacks, McDonalds

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