The average 12-ounce (360 mL) can of soda contains about 40 grams of refined sugars. That’s 10 teaspoons of pure sugar-calories. Would you ever eat 10 teaspoons of sugar at once?
Sugar & Obesity
Recommended Sugar Intake
For comparison, the U. S. Department of Agriculture recommends that a person who consumes a 2,000 calorie diet should not consume more than about 40 grams of refined sugars per day.
Soft Drinks & Caffeine
Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, and many other popular soft drinks contain caffeine. Caffeine is a mildly addictive stimulant drug. It’s crazy to add a stimulant to a beverage consumed in such vast quantities by millions of children.
Sugar Intake – Soft Drinks & Calories
A typical soft drink (12 ounces; 360 mL) provides about 150 calories. Liquid foods like soft drinks appear to promote obesity more than solid foods, and obesity is a huge and growing problem.
Soda Drinks & Diet Nutrition
Drinking soda pop can push more healthful beverages – such as water, fruit juice, or lowfat milk – out of your diet. That means you won’t get the calcium and other nutrients that you need to build your bones and strengthen your body.
Sugar Intake – Fruit Drinks
The Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and other companies market non-carbonated drinks that seem to be rich in fruit juice (and nutrients), but in reality are basically sugary water. Coca-Cola Co.’s Fruitopia and Hi-C, for example, contain only 5% to 10% fruit juice. But they contain about as much sugar as carbonated soda pop. Don’t be fooled by the vitamin C or other nutrients added to these sugary products – they’re still basically high-sugar.