How much sugar am I drinking?

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For those that wondered, there are roughly 4 grams of sugar to a teaspoon.  Therefore a soda with 44 grams of sugar contains about 11 teaspoons/cubes of sugar.

Drinking just one 12-ounce can of soda every day for a year is equal to 55,000 calories, or 15 pounds of weight gain per year.  Needless to say, this  weight gain will not be in the form of muscle.

Real fruit juice is considered a healthy option, however I would place home juiced veg+fruit combinations ahead of pre-packaged juices every time.  It’s much healthier to eat the fruit rather than drink the juice. For example, a 12-ounce glass of orange juice, which is the juice of two to three oranges, has about 180 calories, while one orange contains only 80 or 90 calories.

Sodas and other sweetened drinks are full of sugars including HFCS and often are caffeinated which acts as a diuretic.   

Another problem with sweeteners is the human body the body doesn’t realize it’s full after drinking hundreds of calories.  The hormone in your body that send the signal “I’m full” only works with solid, or semi-solid food.   Sugary drinks do nothing for your hunger, even after several hundred of calories.

Unlike water, soda is relatively new to our diets.  Soda was introduced in the second half of the 19th century and the obesity problem came along in the 20th century.  When looking at the two in the United States they are on a parallel line.


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