It’s a legitimate question considering sugar measured in grams is nearly impossible to visualize. But now, thanks to food photographer Henry Hargreaves, you no longer have to ponder how of the sweet stuff is hiding among the fizz.
“After recently hearing a health professional refer to soda as ‘the cigarettes of our generation,’ I decided to do an experiment to show what’s in soft drinks after the water is boiled away—in other words, dehydrating the hydrator,” he explains on his website. “Once boiled, I took each remaining substance and poured it into a lollipop mold. After all, I figure that’s what you’re essentially getting: candy in costume as a soft drink.”
Here, visuals of the sugar in seven popular drinks—in the form of giant lollipops. Plus, exactly how they stack up, size-wise, to the traditional candy on a stick.
Sugar: 39 grams
Sugar: 32 grams
Sugar: 77 grams
Sugar: 52.5 grams
Sugar: 54 grams
Sugar: 47 grams
Sugar: 28 grams
And as a point of reference…
That sugary drink looks a lot less appetizing now, doesn't it?
Images courtesy of Henry Hargreaves