How much sugar is in your everyday drinks? You might be surprised.
- One small juice box (¾ cups) = 5 teaspoons of sugar
- One cup of orange juice = 5 tsp
- One cup of sweet tea = 5 tsp
- One cup of apple juice = 6 tsp
- One cup of lemonade = 6 tsp
- One bottle of a sports drink (2.5 cups) = 9 tsp
- One can of soda = 10 tsp
- One large latte with cinnamon syrup = 10 tsp
- One cup of fruit punch = 14 tsp
- One large can of an energy drink = 16 tsp
Doesn’t seem like much? Maybe a comparison will put things into perspective. One glazed donut has 10 grams of sugar, or about 2 tsp. And that’s a lot! So when you think about drinking just one large energy drink, remind yourself you’re drinking the same amount of sugar in seven whole donuts.
There’s another way to get your energy and feel refreshed: Drink plenty of refreshing water!
Be a Nutrition Label Detective
Use nutrition labels to your advantage. Scope out those hidden sugars so you can make an informed choice about what sugary beverages you want to drink ― and which ones you’d rather swap out for a glass of pure, calorie-free water.