How much sugar is in your favorite products?

It is one thing to read on a label that your drink has 40 grams of sugar, but it is a whole different thing to actually see that sugar stacked up in cubes – now you can actually put some visuals around what you are consuming.

So how much sugar is in my favorite products?

Coca Cola

Sugar in Coca Cola

12 oz (355 ml) Can

Sugars, total:

39g

Calories, total:

140

Calories from sugar:

140*

 

20 oz (590 ml) Can

Sugars, total:

65g

Calories, total:

240

Calories from sugar:

240

 

1 litre (34 oz) Bottle

Sugars, total:

108g

Calories, total:

400

Calories from sugar:

400

* You’ll notice that if you do the math on many of these, the total caloric value is lower than the calories that should be in the sugar alone, if sugar has 4 calories per gram. We don’t know if they used “low calorie” sugar; we just used the data on the nutrition label, and assumed that sugar accounted for 100% of the calories. This was common for beverages but not other products.

 

Vitamin Water

Sugar in Vitamin Water

Vitamin Water, B-Relaxed Jackfruit and Guava Flavor (All Vitamin Water flavors contain this much sugar.)

8 oz (240 ml) Serving

Sugars, total:

13g

Calories, total:

50

Calories from sugar:

50

 

20 oz (590 ml) Bottle

Sugars, total:

33g

Calories, total:

125

Calories from sugar:

125

 

Orange Juice

Sugar in Orange Juice

8 oz (240 ml) Serving

Sugars, total:

24g

Calories, total:

110

Calories from sugar:

96

 

16 oz Bottle

Sugars, total:

48g

Calories, total:

220

Calories from sugar:

192

 

Apple Juice

Sugar in Apple Juice

8 oz (240 ml) Serving

Sugars, total:

26g

Calories, total:

120

Calories from sugar:

104

 

16 oz Bottle

Sugars, total:

52g

Calories, total:

240

Calories from sugar:

208

I need to know more!

So if you want more convincing that there really is a lot of sugar in many products we consume (there is even sugar in carrots!) check out How Sugar Stacks Up today.

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Comments

  1. Confused – do you count the carb content or just the sugar content in foods?

    • I am counting the sugar levels in foods. There are apps now that can help to find out the macro nutrients – such as MyFitnessPal and I have it installed on my phone so I use that a lot of the time to find out about most of the products I buy. There is a lot of things missing from it but you can really get a good feel for sugar content.

    • Sugar is a Carbohydrate…

  2. It’s not as much sugar as I thought, actually. However, it’s still way too much sugar to be consuming in one beverage.

    I love that you used the sugar cubes to show how much sugar. This way I can compare it to my morning coffee. I use 2 to 3 sugar cubes in my coffee and still feel guilty about enjoying the taste of that much sugar.

    So seeing that even vitamin water has more sugar than that is frightening and enough to stop me from drinking sugary drinks alltogether.

  3. Caitlynne says:

    Is coconut water ok on a SF life change??? Thanks for your site!

    • Hi Caitlynne,

      Yes coconut water is okay to have when you are doing the sugar free lifestyle. Just make sure you check to see if any sugar has been added as some brands do add in sugar.

  4. Sushmita says:

    Hi. Am an Indian and we eat while rice once a day. Does rice also have sugar and how about honey and jaggery?

  5. Sushmita says:

    Hi. Am an Indian and we eat white rice once a day. Does rice also have sugar and how about honey and jaggery?

    • Hi, I would probably switch to brown rice or wild rice if you can, honey definitely is sweet – you can tell from the taste! – so start reducing the amount of honey you have. Jaggery, just from a google search, is cane sugar. I am not sure about this product at all, so I would look to reduce the use of it.

      Sorry I am not that much help!