of food has sugar naturally, like fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
And then there's a lot of food and drinks that have a ton of added
sugar - like pop. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends
that based on a 2,000 calorie diet, you should limit your added sugars
to about 10 teaspoons, or 40 grams. Here's how it breaks down, one
teaspoon of sugar is four grams. One tablespoon of sugar is equal to
three teaspoons, or, you guessed it, 12 grams. So, what does that mean
for your pop?
It depends on what kind your drinking. All of these figures are based on a 12 oz. can of soda (not a 20 oz. bottle) Pepsi has 41 grams of sugar, or 3.4 tablespoons. Coke and 7Up? 39 grams of sugar, or 3.3 tablespoons. And what about Mountain Dew and A&W Root Beer? 46 grams of sugar, or 3.8 tablespoons. Dr. Pepper? 40 grams, 3.3 tablespoons. And Orange Slice? 50 grams of sugar, or 4.2 tablespoons.
How much sugar is that really? Well, there's 16 tablespoons in a cup. Let's use Coke and 7Up as an example. Say you drink one can of pop every day, that's more than 23 tablespoons, or almost a cup and a half of sugar! And what about a month? Over six cups of sugar! Do you even want to hear about a year? We'll tell you just in case . . .75 and a quarter cups of sugar!!!
And what if you drink a 20 oz. bottle of pop a day, and not a can? It's 5.5 tablespoons a day instead of 3.3. That's 2.4 cups a week, and 10.3 cups a month.
A year? More than 125 cups of sugar! In case you're
curious, that's about 91,000 calories!
Interested in more info about the crazy amounts of sugar in pop, and what it can do to your body? Check out these links: