When we think about how much sugar we consume, we usually think about how many sweets we are eating. Things like ice cream and candy bars and pastries are the first things to go when trying to reduce our sugar intake. But have you thought about how much sugar you might be drinking? Sweet treats are the obvious culprit when it comes to sugar, but often, we are drinking way more sugar than we realize on a daily basis.
Did you know that your Starbucks coffee can have as much as 50 or more grams of sugar in it? Or how about the 24g of sugar in your Gatorade? It’s time to find out just how much sugar is really in your favorite drinks.
|Drink||Sugar Per Serving|
|Starbucks Frappuccino (Grande)||50g|
|Starbucks Caramel Machiato (Grande)||32g|
|Starbucks Vanilla Latte (Grande)||35g|
|Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (Grande)||50g|
|Starbucks Hot Chocolate (Grande)||43g|
|Dunkin Donuts Hot Chocolate (Med)||45g|
|Dunkin Donuts Coffee w/ Cream & Sugar (Med)||26g|
|Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta (Med)||65g|
|Coca Cola (16 oz.)||44g|
|Unsweetened Apple Juice (16 oz.)||44g|
|Orange Juice (16 oz.)||37g|
Taking Control of Your Sugar Consumption
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 9 teaspoons (37.5g) of sugar daily for men and just 6 teaspoons (25g) for women. While that may sound like a lot, you’d be amazed at how quickly our sugar consumption can add up.
The over-consumption of sugar is a very serious epidemic in our country. It is linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, dementia and many other diseases. The first step in taking control of your health is becoming informed. Powered with the right information, you can make informed decisions about what you are putting in your body.
Most people don’t realize just how much sugar can be hidden in their drinks. I am never one to say you shouldn’t indulge every now and then and, now that you have this knowledge, you have the power to decide when and just how much sugar you consume each day.