Bursting the bubble: The amount of sugar in soda drinks

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Sugar is a common ingredient in many of the drinks we consume on a daily basis, and while it can provide a quick burst of energy, consuming too much sugar can have negative effects on our health. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at the amount of sugar in some popular drinks and the potential effects of consuming too much sugar.

The amount of sugar in drinks like Coca Cola and orange jus

The amount of sugar in drinks that you consume can be surprising – or even a bit alarming. As it is often more than you think. Let’s take two well known drinks: Coca Cola and oranje jus. How much sugar contain these drinks?

One of the most well-known sugary drinks is Coca Cola, which contains a whopping 39 grams of sugar in a 12-ounce serving. That’s about 9.75 teaspoons of sugar, that’s more than the daily recommended intake for added sugars for both men and women. 

Orange juice is often seen as a healthier alternative, but a 12-ounce serving of store-bought orange juice can contain up to 22 grams of sugar, or about 5.5 teaspoons. 

Sugar in soda per glass

To make things easy, we looked up the amount of sugar in soda’s per glass. Beforehand: be prepared to be shocked – a bit. Coca-cola, Redbull and Chocomel turn out to be one of the most sugary drinks that are being drunk on a regular basis.

Please see below table for the amount of sugar cubes per glass of drink: 

Chocomel: 7 sugar cubes (30 gr. sugar)
Redbull: 6,5 sugar cubes (27,50 gr sugar)
Coca Cola: 6 sugar cubes (26,50 gr sugar)
Capri Sun: 5-6 sugar cubes (25 gr sugar)
Fristi: 5 sugar cubes (20,50 gr sugar)
Vifit: 5 sugar cubes (20,25 gr sugar)
Glas of normal lemonade: 1-2 sugar cubes (4 gr sugar)
Glass of Aquablu water: 0 cubes sugar, (0,0 gr sugar)

Sources: CDC, Voedingscentrum


The effects of consuming too much sugar

Ok. Now we know the – quite shocking – amount of sugar in drinks like Redbull and Coca Cola, but what are the negative effects of consuming too much sugar? 

Consuming high amounts of added sugars, like those found in sugary drinks, can lead to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases. In addition, consuming too much sugar can lead to tooth decay and can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, leading to a crash in energy levels.

However, it’s important to note that not all sugars are created equal. There are natural sugars found in whole, unprocessed foods like fruits and vegetables, and these can actually have a positive impact on our health when consumed in moderation. These types of sugars, along with carbohydrates from whole grains, provide essential nutrients and energy for our bodies.

How to reduce sugar intake

So, what can we do to reduce our sugar intake? One simple solution is to choose water or unsweetened beverages instead of sugary drinks. For example by using our healthy soda machine that offers healthy vitamin water, without any sugars. The water dispenser offers 39 personalizes drinks, that can be mixed and matched to fit your need-stade. Choose between normal, cooled and sparkling water with four different flavors. The flavors each contain their own vitamin and mineral combination.

Need an energy burst but not very keen to drinking sugar? Our red fruits option it the perfect healthy Red Bull alternative. The drink contains caffeine just like Red Bull, but skips the nasty sugars.  

It’s also important to read labels and be aware of the amount of sugar in the foods and drinks we consume. And while it’s okay to indulge in a sugary treat every once in a while, it’s important to make sure it’s part of a balanced diet.

Balance is key

In conclusion, while sugar can be a tasty addition to our drinks, it’s important to be aware of the amount we consume and to make sure we’re not overloading on added sugars. Choosing water or unsweetened beverages and being mindful of the sugar content in our foods can help us maintain a healthy balance.

Need a bit of inspiration for sugar free drink options? Here, you can find the best sugar-free drinks that we selected. 

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