Oranges at half time are frequently being replaced by lollies and we think it stinks!

Many South Australian sporting clubs want to ban the fruit over fears high levels of acid are bad for children’s teeth.

The West Adelaide Soccer Club is one such group accepting the move, with chairman Alex Alexandrou saying the push came predominantly from parents.

“It’s something that seems to have evolved from parents talking to other parents and saying, ‘Look, let’s not go the oranges, let’s give the kids a sugar hit’,” he said.

The alternative – lollies.

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The theories behind the ban vary, from rumours that oranges cause tummy troubles, to lollies helping kids perform better, to concerns citrus can damage kids’ teeth.

But as Perth Now reports, according to dentists, it’s not the orange itself that is bad for teeth, but the dehydration that comes with it.

“When you’re dehydrated, the level of saliva goes down considerably, so the concern is that saliva won’t actually be able to come through and repair the surface of the tooth,” dentist Dr George Mandranis said.

“If we’re doing this once a week, that’s not a big concern,” he said.

“But if they’re constantly dehydrated, and constantly exposing our teeth to oranges, that’s where it’s of concern.”

For parents concerned about acidity, Mandranis says fruits such as bananas or watermelon might be a better solution.

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  • Yes it’s silly. As is the reason given – sugar rots teeth, too.


  • I used to hate how sticky the oranges were when I did netball as a child. I only did it for one year, wasn’t my thing. They should definitely give the bananas or watermelon a go before lollies.


  • Really? I’ve never heard of this oh well each to they’re own. Personally I wouldn’t be happy about it if my children were playing a sport and were given lollies instead of fruit.

    • Lollies seem like an odd choice indeed.
      Lollies for a party yes but for a sporting game?


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