How Much Sugar is Really in Your Favorite Drinks?

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.

How Much Sugar Are You Really Drinking?
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
Gatorade (160z.) 28g
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.

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