Week 6 – Tuesday’s 2 Minute Sip: Does The Sugar In Your Soda Make You POP?

Produced & Written By: Jarel McRae, Intern – Kennesaw State University

6354721528514065731772050951_KumandGo_PVSNot only does soda average 150 calories in a single can, but it only contains around 30 grams of sugar as well. And too much sugar is damaging to one’s health. It can cause tooth decay, weight gain and different illness and diseases. The amount of sugar that is in one can of soda is equivalent to the combined amount of sugar in one orange, 16 strawberries, and one plum.

According to Healtheating.com when your diet only consists of foods that are high in sugar, you might not be getting the proper vitamins and minerals you need, but you have less room for foods that have nutrient substance to them. Also, too much sugar in your diet would cause someone to gain weight.

Sugarscience.com says “the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day. That translates into about 66 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person. Teens and children are especially at risk because the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that the total intake of both fats and added sugar should be between 5%-15%. Teens and children are higher than that with 16% or more. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are (7): Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons). Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).

Soda may taste good, but the sugar is slowly killing you. Try to down-size your ounces or drink with less sugar. Try a substitute such as juices that have 100% fruit, water or chocolate milk which is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Keypoints
● Soda contains 46.% grams of sugar in a single 12-ounce can
● 4 grams of sugar is one teaspoon of sugar which is 11.5 teaspoon of sugar in a can of soda.
● Average American consumes 18.5 teaspoons or 82 grams of sugar a day
● Men need consume 37.5 grams (9 teaspoons) & Women 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of sugar a day.
● Drinking a can of soda a day is an average of 150 calories which is equivalent to more than 15 pounds of fat a year.
● Sugar can cause tooth decay, weight gain, and different illness and disease
● Children and teens are at higher risk of sugar intake because they consume more than adults.