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Mum discovered a 26-year-old bottle of Lucozade and decided to drink it…but says it tastes fine

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A MUM swigged a 26- year-old bottle of Lucozade that she found in her childhood bedroom — and says it tasted fine.

Paula Peacock, 43, was a teenager when she hid the tiny glass bottle in the back of a wardrobe.

The bottle — with a best before date of February 1994 — was in her childhood bedroom at her parents’ home.

Paula roped dad Jim Martin, 67, into doing a taste test too.

She said: “We both agreed it tasted the same but a bit flat.

“When I found it, I was like ‘oh my word’ — they don’t even do the glass bottles any more.

“I did feel nostalgic, I keep looking at it — it’s quite dinky.”

Community nurse Paula, of Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, Scotland, once relied on Lucozade to help manage her Type 1 diabetes.

When she was first diagnosed, aged 12, medics told her that a small bottle of the sparkling glucose drink would help her if she had a hypo.

The bottle contained 19g of carbohydrate per 100g. Lucozade today contains less.

Paula made the find while visiting her family in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, with her husband Richard, 40, and their twins Sarah and Luke, 3.

She took the 250ml bottle, with a pink metallic label, with her for sentimental value.

The bottle would have gone out of circulation around 1998.

In 2016, before the sugar tax was introduced, Lucozade halved its sugar content.

Its spokesman said: “A drink this old has well surpassed its shelf life and so we wouldn’t recommend drinking it.”

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