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Bottles of orange soda in a supermarket, sugar

What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Sugary drinks such as regular soda, energy or sports drinks, fruit drinks and sweet tea are all just water with added sugar, flavors and colors. Take a look at the amounts of sugar in the following sugary drinks. (Numbers are based on 20-ounce servings.):

  • Fruit Punch: 18 teaspoons
  • Energy Drink: 16 teaspoons
  • Sweet Tea: 14 teaspoons
  • Sport Drink: 9 teaspoons
  • Water: 0 teaspoons

A tip before you sip

All that sugar adds up. It’s not just sugar you are drinking, but calories too. It would take an average person almost an entire hour of brisk walking to burn off the calories in a 20-ounce bottle of soda. Choose Water! Rethink Your Drink.

Download a printable PDF of FCS-2199 The Sour Truth About Sweet Drinks.

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