33 Fruit-Flavored Sodas Ranked By How Toxic They Are
It's not much of a secret just how not good for you drinking soda is. If you happen to sip on a glass of the fizzy stuff every day, you're looking at not only weight gain, but you're increasing your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, and overall you're simply shortening your lifespan. You might think choosing a fruit-flavored soda is a safer option than say a can of Coke, but that's just not the case.
Sorry to break it to you, but fruit sodas as just as bad as any other type of soda. There isn't any actual fruit in these drinks!
Need more proof? Well, allow us to expose the worst of the worst. That's right, we've ranked popular fruit-flavored sodas from bad to the ultimate offender so you know which to stay far away from.
Blue Sky Black Cherry
This cherry flavored soda is actually the least offensive of the other fruit-flavored options on this list, but with 26 grams of sugar, it's still not something you want to be drinking often. If ever!
Yes, there is some orange and mandarin pulp in here, and it's great to see the absence of HCFS. But with 32 grams of sugar—28 of which are added sugars—it's still not a drink we would recommend you have every day.
Virgil's Handcrafted Black Cherry
What makes Virgil's stand out is the minimal list of ingredients. Although the black cherry flavor is packing 42 grams of sugar, you won't find a long list of questionable ingredients here.
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Virgil's Handcrafted Orange Soda
When it comes to the orange flavor, Virgil's describes this pop as "only the finest Spanish oranges make a sweet enough juice with just the right citrus zest to flavor this creamy, bold classic."
Schweppes Raspberry Ginger Ale
Looking at the ingredients, it's clear that there isn't any actual raspberry in this soda.
Here, you see Red 40 listed, which is a potentially harmful dye that gives this soda its color. There's no actual cherry in sight!
Fanta Green Apple
38 grams of sugar? A cup of actual green apple slices comes in at only 11 grams of all-natural sugar.
This grapefruit-flavored soda is making more sugar than you get if you ate four Original Glazed Krispy Kreme donuts. Big yikes.
Dr Pepper Cherry
If you though adding cherry flavor to Dr Pepper would make this soda, that is a myth we're going to bust right now. And there is one ingredient in here, malic acid, that raises cause for concern. See, according to A Consumer's Dictionary of Food Additives, it's used as a way to compensate for the lack of fruit in artificially sweetened fruit.
Wild Cherry Pepsi
Again, the "wild cherry" doesn't add anything special. This Pepsi is just like any other soda, and had more sugar than three cups of actual cherries.
Crush's grape soda not only contains HFCS but also Red 40, and Blue 1. This is one scary combination!
Orange may be the original Crush soda flavor, but there is nothing redeeming about this drink.
Stewart's Wishniak Black Cherry
With more sugar than seven Chewy Chips Ahoy cookies, Stewart's Black Cherry contains the additive caramel coloring and has 43 grams of sugar. No thanks!
Fanta makes the bold claim that its sodas contain 100% natural, so we're just going to assume there is a smidge of actual strawberry in those "natural flavors." Among all those other additives, that is.
In Fanta's orange flavor, you see there is Glycerol Ester Of Rosin listed as an ingredient. Yes, it's hard to pronounce and it's also a wood resin. It's an ingredient added to fruit sodas to help the fruit-flavored oils mix better with the water. That just sounds gross!
One can of Fanta's grape soda knocks you back a solid 44 grams of sugar. Why not just have real grapes?!
If you thought sipping on a watermelon soda might be the better option, sorry to disappoint. If you're wanting a fruit flavor to your drink, adding some watermelon to your glass of water.
Dr. Brown's Black Cherry
Dr. Brown's Black Cherry isn't a drink that any doctor would tell you to have, that's for sure!
This strawberry soda is "artificially flavored," so again, no sign of strawberry listed.
Sun Drop Cherry Lemon Citrus
Sun Drop's cherry lemon flavor has HFCS, caramel color, Red 40, and Yellow 5. The list of ingredients is long, to say the least.
Jarritos Mandarin Soda
The 45 grams of sugar? That's more than enough reason to keep away from this Jarritos soda.
This is another example of don't let the color of this soda fool you. It's full of sugar and toxic ingredients, not any cherries or strawberries.
Stewart's Grape Soda
This soda sure won't taste like actual grapes!
Stewart's Orange 'n Cream Soda
And orange 'n drink won't take like, well, actual oranges and cream either. You're better off eating the classic Creamsicle ice cream bar if you're craving this flavor combination, as it has 100 calories and 12 grams of sugar.
Crush's cherry variety has caramel color listed as an ingredient. It is a very common additive, but it's also a potential carcinogen.
The look of the blueberries on this can might seem appealing. It's important to keep in mind that the color of this drink comes from Blue 1, not any actual berries.
Just eating a real mango is much cleaner for your health than this beverage that has a massive list of ingredients and 48 grams of the sweet stuff.
Fanta's pineapple soda has a long list of ingredients with different types of sugar, but no pineapple blatantly listed.
Sunkist Fruit Punch
Fruit punch is always a risky drink choice, as sugar tends to be high. It shouldn't come as a surprise that a fruit punch soda like this one from Sunkist is just as sugary.
Stewart's Cherries 'n Cream Soda
This Stewart's soda contains 46 grams of sugar. So yes, it's best to think twice before taking a sip. Instead, why not eat strawberries with some whipped cream on top?
If you ate 12 chocolate glazed munchkins from Dunkin', you would still consume less sugar than one can of Crush Peach soda. Let that sink in!
If you thought the yellow color of this soda comes from an actual pineapple, we want to clear that up. It's thanks to additives Yellow #5 and Yellow #6.
And the title of the worst fruit-flavored soda goes to Crush's pineapple. With 190 calories and 51 grams of sugar in just one can, it's easy to see this soda is a landfill of sugar. Plus, the pineapple flavor contains soybean oil—an ingredient that has been linked to weight gain. Just stay away!
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