9 News- Sugar Sweetened Beverages

What beverage, if drank daily, could lead to a 30 lb weight gain in a year? Watch my today’s 9NEWS (KUSA) segment to find out! 

How Much Sugar is in Your Drink?


The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10% of total calories.  Easy, right?  Wrong!  Sugar-sweetened beverages are a significant sources of added sugars in the diet of U.S. adults and account for approximately one third of added sugar consumption.  To top it off, research shows that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages may be the single largest driver of obesity.  So how much sugar are we really getting from beverages?


Starbucks Chai Tea Latte (16 oz) = 42 gm or 10.5 tsp

Gatorade (20 oz) = 34 gm or 8.5 tsp

Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice (16 oz) = 53 gm or 13.5 tsp

Mountain Dew (20 oz) = 77 gm or 19.25 tsp

Vitamin Water (20 oz) = 32 gm or 8 tsp

Rock Star (16 oz) = 64 gm or 16 tsp

**1 tsp = 4 gm sugar = 1 sugar cube


So what are some better substitutions if I’m looking for a change from water?


Infused water = 0 gm or 0 tsp

La Croix = 0 gm or 0 tsp

Unsweetened Tea= 0 gm or 0 tsp


Guess it isn’t so easy to keep sugars within 10% of our daily calories after all!  To put it into perspective, adding one 20 oz Mountain Dew to your diet every day for a year would lead to a 30 lb wt gain!  So stick with beverages like water, seltzer water, and infused water.






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