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These 15 Sugary Drinks Are Almost As Bad As Soda

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These 15 Sugary Drinks Are Almost As Bad As Soda

A simple can of soda, such as cola or cream soda, contains as much as 49.3 grams of sugar.

That's almost 13 teaspoons of sugar. Many people drink a can of soda, or even more, on a daily basis, without ever thinking about the amount of sugar that was added during the production of the soda they are drinking. Due to the delicious taste of some sodas, many people also prefer to ignore the fact that so much sugar has been added or are completely unaware of the amount of sugar that has really been added to the can of soda they are drinking. According to Authority Nutrition, men are supposed to consume 37.5 grams of sugar or less per day and women are supposed to consume 25 grams or less per day. This means that a single can of soda provides the human body with more sugar than what is considered safe on a daily basis.

Even though this is an alarming factor, many people have realized the dangers of the added sugar in soda and have started to avoid the consumption of soda at all. Good for them! The problem is, soda isn't the only beverage with a high amount of sugar content. We have collected a list of some of the beverages that also contains a large amount of sugar - some of these beverages even contains a larger amount of sugar than a can of soda does. It is important to know about these drinks and to avoid them as much as possible. Drinking too many sugary drinks can impact men's and women's health.

1. Starbucks Latte
Starbucks is the most popular coffee café in the United States and for a good reason. They offer a friendly environment where friends can meet up for a cup of coffee. The only problem is; these friends are probably not aware of the fact that their consuming as much as 68 grams of sugar in a single cup of their famous Latte. Yes, the Caramel Brulée Latte contains as much as 68 grams of sugar, plus 540 calories. That's even more than a can of cream soda!

2. Energy Drinks
There's still some debate on whether or not an energy drink should be classified as a soda. The fact that some energy drinks come in a non-carbonated form means that there are some that would not pass as a soda. Still, these drinks are quite high in sugar. Daily Mail reports that a recent study looked at 197 different energy drinks and found that more than 75% of these had more sugar in one can than the maximum allowed daily sugar intake for adults.

3. Fruit Juices
One would think that a fruit juice has almost no sugar and could be considered much healthier than a can of Cola, but research (and the label on fruit juices) does not agree. Fruit juices usually contains added sugar and even those fruit juices that claims to be 100% still contains the natural sugars of the fruit. According to the USDA Food Composition Databases, a single cup of grape juice contains 36 grams of sugar. This is as much as some soda cans. Instead of opting for fruit juices, rather prefer one of the many healthy weight loss drinks that will not pump your body full of sugar and will even be light on the calories as well.

4. Lemonade
Lemonade, that delicious drink that is usually sold at stands to raise funds for school projects. How is this drink made? Simply by combining water, lemon and… sugar. Lemonade is also one beverage that is high in added sugars and very unhealthy. A single carton of Minute Maid's lemonade contains 28 grams of sugar.

5. Gin & Tonic
Gin and tonic go together perfectly and a favorite of many people. While gin itself doesn't contain any sugar at all, the added Tonic definitely adds up to the sugar count of this drink. A single 16oz bottle of Tonic contains as much as 43 grams of sugar - that's more than 10 teaspoons of sugar.

6. Chocolate Milk
Milk is known to be high in calcium, but many people preferred a flavored version of milk instead of the natural flavor. This often leads people to buy a box of chocolate milk, not knowing just how much sugar they are about to inject into their bodies. A single cup of chocolate milk contains 24 grams of sugar, which is almost as much as a single can of soda.

7. Margaritas
Margaritas are often a party favorite and many people do not party without it. Unfortunately, this drink can also overload the body with a very large amount of sugar. The amount of sugar contained in a glass of margarita does, however, depend on the way it is mixed - whether it is traditionally mixed or through the use of a margarita mix. Love To Know reports that, while a traditional margarita contains 12 grams of sugar, a margarita mix can contain as much as 27 grams of sugar per four ounces.

Conclusion
We are already aware of the fact that soda contains a lot of added sugar. We see adverts and campaigns warning us about this more than often. The problem is, many campaigns tend to focus on soda without considering the fact that other culprits exist as well. This list of sugary drinks will give you an idea of additional sugary drinks that you should avoid if you want to keep your sugar intake low.

References
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/much-sugar-really-soda-4922.html
https://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-sugar-per-day/



About the Writer

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon at bank el Ahly hospital and is doing his masters at Ain shams University.
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