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What soda has the most sugar?

What soda has the most grams of sugar?


If you’re trying to keep up with a healthy lifestyle, it’s probably no secret that you need to watch your sugar consumption.

According to the FDA, you shouldn’t have more than 50 grams of added sugar per day, though the WHO advises you to limit that to 25 grams.

Regardless of those figures, you may want to cut down your soda consumption or cut it out completely to avoid taking in too much added sugar.

Those empty calories can cause you to pack on the pounds fast.

Plus, there are other troubles for those that don’t watch their sugar intake.

What happens when you eat too much sugar?

While there is added sugar in many other processed foods, sodas are the most problematic.

They can have more sugar in one 12-ounce can than you need in one day, and sodas don’t give you calories that can keep you sustained.

In other words, you’re likely guzzling down far more calories and sugar than you need each day.

When you consume sodas regularly, you can spike your blood glucose levels.

This is then followed by a crash while your body quickly goes on to metabolize the sugar.

You may find yourself with nasty headaches or mood swings.

Sugar also causes you to crave it more and can put you closer to developing conditions like hypertension or type 2 diabetes.

Sugar can interfere with normal immune functions and throw your digestive system off balance. It can also bring on premature visible signs of aging, speeding up wrinkles and sagging to make you look far older than your years.

Let’s not forget what it can do to your teeth, how it can impede your body from soaking up essential nutrients, or how it is stored in your liver and transformed into fat.

This is why you’ll want to either limit your soda intake or stop this unhealthy habit altogether.

Easier said than done, of course, but perhaps knowing how much sugar is in your favorite sodas will make you think twice before popping open a can!

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The sodas with the most sugar content:

While no soda is a healthy option, the following sodas have the most sugar you’ll find.

Read on to see how much sugar is in each of these 12-ounce cans!

#9 Dr. Pepper

Dr. Pepper


There’s nothing even remotely endorsed by a doctor in a can of Dr. Pepper.

You’ll be guzzling down 40g of sugar and 150 calories in every can.

Loaded with high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, and an array of artificial flavors that aren’t disclosed, you should trade this one in for an apple a day.

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#8 Pepsi



Pepsi is no better than Dr. Pepper. It has one more gram of sugar for the same amount of calories.

For this amount of sugar, you could at least eat 2 cupcakes or donuts and feel somewhat full.

#7 Coca-Cola



Classic Coke has 39 grams of sugar, which is less than Pepsi.

That still doesn’t make it a winner, though. It should be mentioned that flavor varieties of these colas can have even more sugar.

For example, Cherry Coke has 42 grams of sugar, as does Wild Cherry Pepsi. FYI: neither one contains real cherries.

#6 Sunkist



Juices aren’t always healthy, but if you squeezed your own OJ, you’d be far better off than drinking this faux orange flavor.

Sunkist might taste good, but all those weird chemical colors and a whopping 44 grams of sugar make this soda a horrible choice for your health. Plus, it has 170 calories, which is even more than Coke or Pepsi!

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#5 Mountain Dew

Mountain Dew


While the other flavors of Mountain Dew, or Mtn Dew as it is now known, have even more sugar, the original lemon-lime neon green soda has 46 grams of sugar.

You’d be better off eating an entire small cake to yourself.

At least you’d be full!

#4 Orange Fanta


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On the chance that you may reach for an Orange Fanta rather than a Sunkist, while it might be lower in calories, it has more sugar.

In a can of Orange Fanta, you’re getting 44 grams of sugar.

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#3 Grape Fanta

Ditto for the grape flavor of Fanta, incidentally.

There are no grapes used to make this drink, and you’ll get the same amount of sugar as the orange version, along with red 40 and blue 1. Just say no to chemicals!

#2 A&W Root Beer

A&W Root Beer

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Ok, but what about A&W Root Beer?

If you’re considering this as the base of your ice cream float treat, better swap it for a Coke or Pepsi.

This root beer has 170 calories and 45 grams of sugar.

While Coke and Pepsi aren’t exactly pillars of good health, they would be a wiser choice in this situation.

Still, think about all that sugar and those calories just in this can of root beer, which doesn’t include the calories or sugar you’d add with a scoop or more of that ice cream.

#1 Mello Yello

It tastes almost exactly like Mountain Dew. But Mello Yello has one key distinction…it has more sugar.

You’ll get 46 grams of sugar when you have Mello Yello, making it top the list for the soda with the most sugar of all.

Here’s a quick recap of the sodas with the most sugar:

  1. Mello Yello
  2. A&W Root Beer
  3. Grape Fanta
  4. Orange Fanta
  5. Mountain Dew
  6. Sunkist
  7. Coca-Cola
  8. Pepsi
  9. Dr. Pepper

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How to Reduce Your Soda Intake

You don’t have to go cold turkey on your sodas, but you should start reducing the amount you drink.

If you have 3 sodas per day, start cutting it down to 2 sodas, then 1 soda per day.

Then make it once per week until you’ve stopped drinking soda.

To have a healthy weight and lifestyle, drinking more water is best.

If you find it too plain, get a water bottle with an infuser and put fresh fruit in there to make it more palatable.

Plus, you’ll be getting real nutrients from the fruit, unlike those fake fruit flavors brought to you by soda manufacturers.

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