As I was driving to work a couple of weeks ago, I saw something quite interesting on the backside of a bus that caught my eye. I had to take a picture of it to share with all of you, and also to do a little more investigation about these allegations. Luckily we were stopped at a red light so I could provide you with a clear picture of what I was staring at.
The advertisement on the back of the bus read: “You wouldn’t eat 22 packs of sugar. Why are you drinking them?” These words were alongside a picture of a drinking glass that had packs of sugar in it and what looked like soda (Coca- Cola) being poured on them. If you reacted similarly to me, you were probably a little shocked at this statement and image.
Watch Out For the Sugar In Soda Cause it Does Not Do a Body Good
The first thing I thought was, is there really that much sugar in soda? That just sounds gross to me. If soda actually has that much sugar, that is most definitely not healthy for our bodies. Could this actually be true? In addition to that, what’s the amount of soda they’re referring to: a 12 ounce can, 1 liter, 2 liters?
Now my interest was definitely peaked and I had to find out the truth.
After a bit of investigating on the Internet, one of the first things I learned (which I kinda figured already) was that there IS quite a bit of sugar in soda. But remember, I wanted to know if there was actually 22 packs of sugar in soda. When I’ve had coffee in the morning, I only put 1 pack of sugar so I can’t imagine opening 21 more to dump into a drink.
Well, the first thing to find out is how much sugar does 22 packets actually contain. When it came to researching the specific amount of sugar in each sugar packet, there wasn’t one answer that could be used to generalize for them all. There is no specific amount of sugar in one standard pack of sugar because there is no regulation on the size and contents of these packets. Apparently the amount can range from 2-6 grams of sugar in the packets within the United States. This translates to 0.5-1.5 teaspoons of sugar per packet. So if we take the median of this range, we get 1 teaspoon of sugar per packet.
For purposes of this, let’s just say that each packet of sugar contains one teaspoon. Therefore, according to the bus advertisement I saw this morning, it stated that there were 22 packets of sugar in soda so in other words that means there are 22 teaspoons of sugar in soda.
Hmmmm. Is that true? Let’s dig a little deeper.
I also found out that there are 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon. 4 grams! So doing the math, in 22 teaspoons of sugar, there are 88 grams of sugar! WOW!
But it’s even worse than that. As you can see on the side of a Coca Cola 2 liter bottle, the nutritional content tag states that there are 39 grams of sugar per 12 ounce serving and that there are 6 servings per bottle. Therefore multiplying 39 by 6, you get 234 grams of sugar per 2 liter bottle. And already knowing that there are 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon, 234 grams of sugar translates to 58.5 teaspoons of sugar!
You Will Find OVER One Cup of Sugar in Most 2 Liter Bottles Of Soda!
Now I know it may be difficult to imagine what 58.5 teaspoons of anything equates to, but after looking up the conversion on the Internet, 58.5 teaspoons equals 1.21 cups. Now that is something I can picture in my head. In other words in each 2 liter bottle of Coca Cola soda you will have a heaping cup of sugar inside! Sound appealing to you now? Do you think a cup of sugar would do your body much good? After learning this information, I was grossed out at how unhealthy soda is, and what actually is inside its contents.
Does that cause you to widen your eyes in disbelief because mine sure did? Are you still craving a soda at lunch time, or the one that may be in your hand right at this moment? To make matters worse, the average American now consumes approximately 600 cans of soda each and every year. The label on the side of a 12 ounce can of coke reads 39 grams of sugar, therefore if we were the “average” American drinking 600 cans of Coke a year, we are consuming 23,400 grams of sugar just from soda alone.
That’s not counting any food at all!
No wonder obesity is on the rise and there seems to be very little hope for a turnaround on the horizon.
So the next time you pick up a can of soda, or open up that two liter bottle, keep this article in mind and remember that your body really does not need all that sugar. There are many other options for you that will do a body good, but often bad habits are hard to get rid of. But if you are truly concerned about changing your nutrition and eating and drinking healthier, then soda should be one of the first things you try and eliminate from your diet.
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