These Are the Sodas With More Sugar Than 4 Donuts
We've all been there—sometimes, your sweet tooth comes calling and you have a sudden hankering for, you guessed it, some sugar. So you might turn to a donut, a treat everyone loves to chow down on once in a while, and perhaps later in the day, you really rebel and indulge in a few sips of soda because you're in the mood for some fizziness, too.
Well, what if we told you that there's a good chance you're unknowingly sipping on a drink that actually contains more sugar than four donuts?
See, the American Heart Association recommends no more than about 6 teaspoons of sugar for women and no more than about 9 teaspoons for men of the sweet stuff. One Original Glazed Krispy Kreme donut clocks in at 10 grams of sugar. Keeping this information in mind, would you really want to add on a drink to your sweet snack that brings in an additional 40 grams of sugar?
That's right—there are plenty of sugary sodas you're drinking that have more sugar in one can or bottle than four Krispy Kreme donuts. We know, unveiling the truth often comes at a price, doesn't it?
Check out the full list of the most sugar-filled sodas you should always stay far away from, ranked from bad to the absolute worst. Instead, stock up on any of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.
By looking at this nutrition breakdown and the 40 grams of sugar, it should come at no surprise than an actual doctor didn't create this soda. It might have 23 flavors in it, but that doesn't mean any of them are good for you.
Yes, even Pepsi is a soda you shouldn't be drinking. Ever. It has 41 grams of sugar in it and that's just, well, straight-up alarming! Having a can along with two donuts will knock you up to 61 grams of sugar.
Sorry, but adding a twist of vanilla to Pepsi doesn't change suddenly make it any better for you.
Dr Pepper Cherry
Think the cherry flavored Dr Pepper is better for you than the classic version, think again. Yes, this soda might be cherry-flavored, but looking at the ingredients list, it's hard to spot the evidence it's even in there. And with 41 grams of sugar, it's even worse than the original flavor.
Wild Cherry Pepsi
One can of Wild Cherry Pepsi packs 42 grams of sugar—you're much better off eating actual cherries. You won't find any high fructose corn syrup there!
Another cherry drink, but this time it's the classic Coca-Cola variety. It might have fewer calories than its Pepsi counterpart, but again, 42 grams of sugar in one can is just way too much. And we're not seeing cherry placed prominently on this ingredients list either…
There is nothing royal about this soda, which comes in at 42 grams of sugar. HFCS and caramel color are a combination you're just going to want to always say no to, especially because caramel color is said to be a possible carcinogen.
Dr. Brown's Root Beer
Dr. Brown's is a brand that has been around for quite some time, dating back to 1869, but some classics just do go out of style. This root beer clocks in at 42 grams of sugar. Skip this one!
This orange soda comes in at 43 grams of sugar and with its list of hard-to-pronounce chemicals, there is nothing remotely healthy for you about this can of the fizzy stuff.
Stewart's Wishniak Black Cherry
Stewart's Black Cherry clocks in at a whopping 43 grams of sugar, which brings along 180 calories per drink as well. That is just way too much for one soda if you're asking us!
Mtn Dew Major Melon
The newest addition to the Mtn Dew line-up comes with an eye-catching design and is said to have those who drink a can "experience the never-ending funhouse at Major Melon land through a burst of watermelon flavor." Notice how watermelon isn't actually listed anywhere on the ingredients list.
Besides the list of ingredients that are anything but clean (where's the grape?!), Fanta Grape has 44 grams of sugar in it. Imagine having one of these along with one and a half donuts—you're looking at nearly 60 grams of sugar.
Mtn Dew Live Wire
This version of the Dew is "sparked with orange," both natural and artificial orange flavor, that is. It's coming in with 46 grams of sugar. It's a no from us!
Mtn Dew White Out
Fun fact: Fans of the classic drink actually chose this Dew flavor. Wondering what 'White Out" tastes like? It's described as "a white blast of smooth citrus flavored Mountain Dew" and is foggy white in color…
Mtn Dew Voltage
This Dew flavor is said to be "charged with raspberry citrus flavor and ginseng." But don't let the mention of fruit and ginseng here trick you, as there are still 46 grams of sugar in this can.
Yellow 5 is one ingredient you've most likely seen again and again in some sodas, as it gives citrus drinks their distinct color. It's an additive that has been known to cause allergic-type reactions for some, so along with the fact that one can has 45 grams of sugar in it, that's reason enough to drop the Sun Drop from your weekly shopping list.
A&W Root Beer
If you're in the mood for a root beer float, just know one can of this soda is coming in with more than four donuts worth of sugar. And that's without any ice cream included!
Stewart's Orange 'n Cream Soda
Orange 'n Cream might be a flavor that reminds you of the classic Creamsicle ice cream bar from your youth, but this soda has 45 grams of sugar, which is four and a half Krispy Kreme donuts worth.
Mtn Dew Code Red
If the amount of sugar, calories, and sodium in this soda isn't enough to scare you off, perhaps this long list of ingredients will!
Sorry, but the lime-green, original flavor of the Dew isn't any better. It has less sodium than the Code Red version, but again, 46 grams of sugar and a list of ingredients that are hard to pronounce? You're better off eating donuts instead of drinking this!
Stewart's Cherries 'n Cream Soda
As we've already said, it's best to just eat the actual fruit these sodas are trying to imitate the flavor of instead of drinking this stuff packed with sugar. Eating some cherries with a little bit of whipped cream is a solid dessert option that won't cost you nearly as many calories, too.
Mug Cream Soda
Mug Cream Soda might be a staple from your childhood but with all that sugar and a whopping 180 calories in just one can, it's best to skip this drink completely.
The trend that fruit-flavored sodas really should just be avoided at all costs continues. Eating an actual mango is much better for your health overall and since the fruit is plenty sweet all on its own, it'll satisfy your cravings.
To put the sugar content into perspective for this Crush Peach soda, it not only has as much sugar as nearly five whole Krispy Kreme donuts, but if you decided to eat 12 chocolate glazed munchkins from Dunkin Donuts instead, you would still consume less sugar than one can of this stuff.
With 51 grams of sugar in one can, it's a big no for Sunkist's pineapple soda. Instead, eat some actual pineapple to calm your sweet tooth in a much healthier way.
Why yes, another pineapple flavored soda makes the list. And while it is yellow in color, don't think that is from the pineapple. It comes from additives Yellow #5 and Yellow #6. All that sugar plus sketchy additives? No thanks.
Even though there is orange juice concentrate listed as an ingredient of this citrus-flavored soda, don't let that fool you. Drinking one can of this citrus-flavored soda puts you back nearly six Krispy Kreme donuts worth of sugar. Simply put: that is just way beyond the amount of added sugar anyone should consume in one day, and that's all coming from one drink.