Just how much sugar is in that drink?

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Now there are a hundred crazy diets out there, and while I'm not a certified expert on planning meals I think it's widely enough agreed that taking in a lot of sugar isn't going to help you diet.

In this excerpt from livestrong.com you hear why sugar isn't the best for you while dieting:

"When you're trying to cut back on your calorie intake so that your body will burn its fat stores, the last thing you need is sugar, which provides 4 calories per gram. That means 1 tsp. of sugar contains 16 calories. The worst part? Sugar doesn't provide any nutrients, so all those calories you take in are for nothing.

Significance

Healthy foods provide important nutrients in addition to the calories they contain. For example, fruits, vegetables and whole grain products provide vitamins, minerals and fiber. If you're on a weight-loss diet, eating these foods provides the fuel and nutrients your body needs to maintain healthy function. But if instead of healthy foods you eat candies, sweets, baked goods, sodas and other sugary items, your body likely will receive many more calories than it needs, which it then will store as fat."

So we wanted to take a look at some of the popular drinks out there as a start and see just how much sugar is really in them and put it in a way that's easy to visualize. We based our measurements on the amount of sugar per container. I know most people will argue that it should be per serving, but we feel per container is more honest since most people drink them that way.

Just how much sugar is in that drink?

  Red Bull Douleshot Energy Monster Mountain Dew  Nesquick Chocolate Milk Gatorade Dr Pepper Cranberry Juice
Serving Size 8 OZ 15 OZ 8 OZ 8 OZ 8 OZ 12 OZ 12 OZ 10 OZ
Sugar per Serving 26 g 25 g 27 g 31 g 24 g 21 g 41 g 47 g
Sugar per container 52 g 25 g 54 g 77 g 48 g 52.5 g 41 g 47 g
Calories per Serving 110 210 100 110 150 80 160 190

 

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