There are 40.5 grams of sugar in a 12 oz can of Coke.
- Forty grams of sugar is the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar.
- 10 teaspoons of sugar is the equivalent of 20 sugar cubes.
- Drinking one Coke a day for a year results in the consumption of 32 pounds of sugar.
- Drinking one Coke a day, instead of an equivalent amount of tap water, for a full year would cause you to gain 18 pounds.
This is Coke’s official nutritional page for soft drinks. It contains no information on sugar. In contrast, here is their nutrition page for Dasani water. Since it doesn’t contain any sugar, they’ve obviously decided to include a column telling you that.
Put another way, the Coca-cola Company knows what they are doing to your health. They just don’t want you to find out….
Tips on Reducing Your Soda Intake
The above information kinda boggles the mind. 20 sugar cubes. 10 teaspoons. Soda is loaded with more calories and sugar than you realized and it simply can’t be good for you. But how do you quit? Or at least reduce your intake.
- Understand the problem: I’ve always found that the most important step in changing a behavior is to first indentify the key characteristics of that behavior. In this case, we need to understand how often and where we drink soda. Ask yourself:
How much soda am I drinking on a daily basis? One can? Two?
When do I drink it? During the day while at work? At night after dinner?
- Find something else to drink: Go cold turkey if you can, but make sure that you replace the soda that you’ve been drinking with something (mostly) sugarless that you enjoy drinking. My solution? Add a small amount of fruit juice to water. My favorite is pomegranate. Drink lots of water.
Some 100 percent fruit juice also is good, but be aware that juices have calories and sugar too.
- Switch to diet: I have mixed views on diet soda. It doesn’t have calories. But there is some evidence that artificial sweeteners confuse your body.
How? You’re body associates the taste of sugar with “that sugar rush.” It gets an idea of how many calories it can expect based upon what its eating. Mixing real sugar and artificial sweeteners may cause your body to be confused as to whether you’re getting any calories or not. This may cause you to eat excess sugary foods.
Ultimately, some soda isn’t going to kill you. The most important thing is to exercise, eat a balanced diet, don’t be fat, drink only in moderation and don’t smoke. The main thing that soda contributes to is the “don’t be fat.” If you can drink some and still keep the weight off, you’re might be okay.
“There are some risk factors that have a major impact. Like, there is no doubt smoking kills millions of people,” said epidemiologist John Ioannidis of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. “But for most lifestyle and diet choices – I’m not claiming none have an impact, but their impact is likely to be very small, if anything.”
Coke’s New Sugar Substitute
The Coca-cola company has recently announced that it plans on using Stevia, a natural zero calorie sweetener in some of its products.