Cool Pics That Capture the Crazy-High Sugar Content of Popular Drinks
Sneaky Sugars Unveiled
At this point, we're all up to speed on how bad sugary drinks can be for us—but that's not to say we haven't all ignored those facts a time or two to relish the sweet taste of our favorite bubbly treat. Now, thanks to New Zealand-born and Brooklyn-based food photographer Henry Hargreaves, ignoring that nutrition label will be next to impossible. Frustrated by the lack of information that nutritional labels provide, Hargreaves created a more imaginative (and far more impactful) way of showing how much sugar actually sits in some of our favorite sips.
The photographer boiled away the water in each can or bottle, leaving nothing but a colorful goop that he then poured into molds labeled with the drink name. The result? Gigantic lollipops that would steal the show in any doctor's office candy bowl. The implication? It's time to swear off sugary drinks (or, should we say, costumed sugar injections) for good. (While you're at it, go ahead and nix The Worst Drinks for Your Body as well.)
Monster energy drink has a monster sugar problem, weighing in at 52 grams per can!
The Mexican soda Jarritos has 29 grams of sugar per bottle.
Mountain Dew may be known for its crazy caffeine kick, but with 77 grams of sugar per can, it's about time we associated it with a sugar coma too.
Surprised to see a sports drink on the list? Powerade weighs in more like a candy bar with 37.5 grams of sugar per bottle. (Should You Ditch Your Sports Drinks?)
At 33 grams of sugar per bottle, it looks like 'vitamin' water could be renamed.
The classic soda receives the most flack for causing obesity, but at 39 grams of sugar per can it's actually lower than a lot of its competitors (but still 1.5 times more than your daily serving of sugar in just one drink). (What's realistic in a day? Real Women Share Their Daily Sugar Intake and Healthy Eating Habits.)
Don't be fooled just because this isn't a traditional soda—the tea brand packs a whopping 46 grams of sugar per bottle.
Zico Coconut Water
Certainly lowest on the list, this healthy water does have 12 grams of sugar per bottle—but it's an all natural sweetener found in pure coconut water. (Ask the Diet Doctor: Benefits of Plant Waters.)