The Top 5 Sugary Drinks And One Alarming Surprise
You could probably guess most of the top five sugary drinks, but there's one drink on the list that will come as a huge surprise.
The other drink, who's sugar content is higher than two leading soft drinks, isn't a soft drink, but a popular brand of juice.
Here are the Top Five Consumer Drinks With the Most Fructose/Total Sugar (in grams per liter):
- Mountain Dew - 72.3 / 121.57
- Mug Root Beer - 66.9 / 114.01
- Minute Maid 100% Apple Juice - 65.8 / 109.62
- Pepsi - 65.7 / 109.52
- Coca-Cola - 62.5 / 105.24
Before you decide apple juice is as bad as a soft drink, remember fruit naturally contains fructose. Whole 9 says a medium apple contains approximately 12 to 13 grams of fructose. That means a liter of Minute Maid Apple Juice contains the equivalent of about 5 apple worth of fructose.
In as much as you probably wouldn't eat five apples at once, you probably wouldn't drink an entire liter (33.8 ounces) of juice all at once. Unfortunately, some people actually do drink that much soft drink at one time.
As in many things, moderation is the key. A liter of juice divided into five 'apple' servings is still 6.76 ounces. Now, if we could get restaurants and convenience stores to have eight ounce cups - you need a little room for ice - we could have our apple (juice) a day and a small soft drink, too.