How much sugar is there in the drinks we drink every day?

It is now common knowledge that many of the drinks we drink every day are high in sugars. This site actually makes us understand how "sweet" is what we drink

From cold tea, to the beloved Coca Cola, and then to chocolate milk, many of the drinks that we like so much contain a really high amount of sugar. This site has decided to shed some light by stacking alongside the various drinks a quantity of sugar cubes equivalent to that contained in the bottle – or can – in question. Despite being an American idea, and containing some drinks not present in our country, many of the images can also be useful for Italians.
Let's start with what is most probably the most popular drink in the world: Coca Cola. A can contains 39 grams of sugars, while for the one-liter bottle it can even reach 108 grams, which provide 400 calories. The pile of lumps next to the bottle make these numbers even more impactful. A similar amount is also found in Red Bull, an energy drink so loved by young people: the 250 milliliter cans contain 27 grams of sugar.

That carbonated drinks with artificial flavors were very rich in sugars was common knowledge, however, other categories of drinks are also subject to the site's severe judgment: Nesquik chocolate milk, popular among the little ones, contains 29 grams of sugar for each 240 milliliter bottle: almost 15 sugar cubes in a glass. The site notes that even drinks that are generally considered healthier, such as water enriched with vitamins or soy or rice milk, are excessively "sweetened" through the addition of sugar, often therefore affecting some of the beneficial effects advertised (especially if these drinks are included in diet programs that involve reduced quantities of sugar). The site goes even further, having categories that also concern solid food, condiments and some of the sweets of the most popular fast food chains.

To live, sugars are necessary for us: these provide us with the right energy to "function" in the best way as human beings, and are also stored in the body to carry out important chemical transformations. However, nowadays it is quite common to go well beyond the recommended dose. Generally this happens without even knowing it: just check out with a can or two of your favorite drink while you are in front of the television. Excess sugars can lead to weight gain and otherwise avoidable health problems, one of all being diabetes. In the United States, the problem is widespread and the government is starting to take measures: For example, efforts are being made to put a limit on the size of drinks served in fast food restaurants.

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