Soda, sports drinks, energy drinks and fruit juices are labeled as sugar-sweetened beverages… and when it comes to your health, they’re anything but sweet. Sugar-sweetened beverages contain tons of calories and tend to lack any nutrients, and the amount of sugar in drinks like these? It’s shocking. Sugar-sweetened beverages are associated with weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes and an array of other negative health effects like liver disease, gout and tooth decay. In fact, men who drink at least one sugary beverage a day have a 20% higher risk of having or dying from a heart attack. Women who consume at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day have a 75% higher risk of gout.
|SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGE||CALORIES||SUGAR (IN GRAMS)||SUGAR PACKETS|
|Can of soda (12 oz.)||160||39 grams||10 packets|
|Bottle of soda (20 oz.)||256||65 grams||16 packets|
|1-liter bottle of soda||400||108 grams||27 packets|
|Sports drink (20 oz.)||130||34 grams||9 packets|
|Energy drink (16 oz.)||248||62 grams||16 packets|
|Juice box (6.75 oz.)||70||18 grams||5 packets|