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30 Worst Sodas That Are Never Worth Drinking

Keep far away from these sugar bombs.

For many people, it's not much of a secret how bad for their overall health drinking soda can be. If you happen to sip on a can of soda every day, then you're really in the danger zone. See, drinking soda daily can lead you to not only gain weight, but you're working toward shortening your lifespan—and that's obviously not something you want to do. And it doesn't matter which type of soda you drink, either. Whether it's a diet variety, a fruit-flavored soda, or a can of Coke, you're harming your health.

The biggest problem with soda—you know, besides the fact that these drinks are loaded up with chemicals and can even be alarming high in calories—is the amount of sugar. Frequent consumption of added sugars can be a big factor as to why you can't lose that unwanted belly fat, can negatively impact your mood, and even increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Not so sweet, after all.

So which sodas really should never pass your lips?

We looked at which fizzy beverages popular soda brands are currently offering up and ranked the 20-oz bottles of sodas from the bad to the worst of them all, focusing on the sugar content. After you're done crossing these sugar bombs off your shopping list, be sure to try out any of these Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

30

Fanta Piña Colada

fanta pina colada soda
Courtesy of Fanta
Per 20 fl oz: 230 calories, 65 mg sodium, 61 g carbs (61 g sugar)

Fanta debuted this soda flavor in 2020 that was described as a drink that tastes like a vacation. Well, the sugar here is just through the roof, with one 20 fl oz bottle packing as much of the sweet stuff as you would get from 20 Oreo Thin cookies. (Although we have a very strong feeling a can of this stuff wouldn't be any better.) You're much better off adding actual fruit to your water as you look back on photos from when you were able to travel freely to satisfy your vacation itch.

29

Pibb Xtra

pibb xtra soda bottle
Courtesy of Pibb Xtra
Per 20 fl oz: 230 calories, 65 mg sodium, 64 g carbs (64 g sugar)

Pibb Xtra is described as "an intensely flavored, refreshing, spicy cherry alternative to regular cola." While that might pique your interest, the 64 grams of sugar should stop your right in your tracks. Keep in mind, The American Heart Association recommends men should consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar per day, and women shouldn't have more than 25 grams.

28

Sprite

sprite bottle
Courtesy of Sprite
Per 20 fl oz: 230 calories, 110 mg sodium, 64 g carbs (64 g sugar)

Sprite is a classic lemon-lime soda, but just one bottle is packing more sugar than 13 Oreo cookies. Imagine having that must sugar from just one drink, without factoring in anything else you might decide to eat or drink that day…

27

Dr Pepper

dr pepper bottle
Courtesy of Dr Pepper
Per 20 fl oz: 250 calories, 100 mg sodium, 66 g carbs (64 g sugar)

In case you were wondering, an actual doctor did not create this soda. With 250 calories and 64 grams of sugar per bottle, that should be obvious!

26

Coca-Cola Cherry Vanilla

cherry vanilla coca cola
Courtesy of Coca Cola
Per 20 fl oz: 240 calories, 50 mg sodium, 65 g carbs (65 g sugar)

Coca-Cola came up with the grand idea to combine its beloved cherry and vanilla flavors into one soda. It makes for a drink that is serving up 65 grams of the sweet stuff. And yes, that's all added sugar you're looking at!

25

Coca-Cola Cinnamon

coca cola cinnamon
Courtesy of Coca Cola
Per 20 fl oz: 240 calories, 55 mg sodium, 65 g carbs (65 g sugar)

Coca-Cola breaks out this cinnamon flavor during the holiday season, so it makes sense that you would want to stock up when you see the bottles finally on store shelves. Just because it's a limited-time flavor doesn't mean it's exempt from our list! It even has more sodium than Cherry Vanilla Coke.

24

Pepsi Vanilla

pepsi vanilla bottle
Courtesy of Pepsi
Per 20 fl oz: 260 calories, 55 mg sodium, 69 g carbs (68 g sugar)

Pepsi added a dash of vanilla to its original flavor and again, that's not making it any healthier. Speaking of…

23

Pepsi

pepsi bottle
Courtesy of Pepsi
Per 20 fl oz: 250 calories, 50 mg sodium, 69 g carbs (69 g sugar)

The classic Pepsi actually flavor has one more gram of sugar than the vanilla variety!

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22

Dr Pepper Cherry

dr pepper cherry soda bottle
Courtesy of Dr Pepper
Per 20 fl oz: 260 calories, 100 mg sodium, 71 g carbs (69 g sugar)

Dr Pepper's cherry-flavored soda is serving up five more grams of sugar than its traditional flavor, coming in at 69 grams.

21

Pepsi Wild Cherry

pepsi wild cherry bottle
Courtesy of Pepsi
Per 20 fl oz: 260 calories, 55 mg sodium, 70 g carbs (70 g sugar)

The Wild Cherry flavor of Pepsi has a bit more sugar than Dr Pepper's version. In fact, this bottle has as much sugar as 25 pieces of Sour Patch Watermelon candies. Scary!

20

Coca-Cola Vanilla

coca cola vanilla bottle
Courtesy of Coca Cola
Per 20 fl oz: 260 calories, 60 mg sodium, 70 g carbs (70 g sugar)

And Coca-Cola's vanilla soda is also coming in at 260 calories per bottle and 70 grams of sugar, like the Wild Cherry Pepsi.

19

Mtn Dew Major Melon

Per 20 fl oz: 270 calories, 85 mg sodium, 73 g carbs (73 g sugar)

The latest addition to the Dew lineup is said to bring "never-ending funhouse at Major Melon land through a burst of watermelon flavor." Actual watermelon can help you lose weight and is said to help improve your heart health, but you're not going to get that here. Instead, you're sipping on more sugar than you would get from seven of Dunkin's French Crullers.

18

Fanta Green Apple

fanta green apple bottle
Courtesy of Fanta
Per 20 fl oz: 280 calories, 90 mg sodium, 75 g carbs (75 g sugar)

Apples are said to be a secret weight-loss weapon, as one study found that snacking on an apple before a meal can actually help you reduce the amount of calories you eat. But don't expect that same outcome if you down a bottle of Fanta's green apple soda before dinner!

17

Sun Drop Citrus

sun drop soda bottle
Courtesy of Sun Drop
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 90 mg sodium, 76 g carbs (75 g sugar)

Sip on a bottle of the citrus-flavored Sun Drop soda and you're consuming as much sugar as you would get from three full-sized Hershey's milk chocolate bars.

16

Mtn Dew Code Red

mountain dew code red bottle
Courtesy of Mtn Dew
Per 20 fl oz: 280 calories, 180 mg sodium, 76 g carbs (76 g sugar)

Mtn Dew's Code Red flavor is a cherry-based soda that serves up 76 grams of the sweet stuff. This drink gets a skip!

15

Mtn Dew Voltage

mountain dew voltage
Courtesy of Mtn Dew
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 105 mg sodium, 76 g carbs (76 g sugar)

The Dew strikes yet again, this time with its Voltage soda, which is said to be "charged with raspberry citrus flavor and ginseng." Have you ever actually seen a blue raspberry, though?

14

Sunkist Peach

sunkist peach bottle
Courtesy of Sunkist
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 105 mg sodium, 78 g carbs (76 g sugar)

Peaches are actually low in calories (around 50 for a medium-sized one) and yet high in fiber, as well as vitamins E, C, and K. Overall, it's a fruit that can majorly help your immune system. So to see Sunkist's peach-flavored soda is packing 240 more calories and 76 grams of added sugar is truly jaw-dropping.

13

A&W Root Beer

aw root beer soda bottle
Courtesy of A&W
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 135 mg sodium, 78 g carbs (76 g sugar)

Seeing that this bottle of A&W root beer has 76 grams of sugar, it's shocking to think about how much you would be having if you turned this into a root beer float.

12

Crush Cherry

crush cherry bottle
Courtesy of Crush
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 115 mg sodium, 77 g carbs (76 g sugar)

One study uncovered that cherries are actually said to help reduce inflammation, and it's one of the best fruits to eat when you're really focused on weight loss. Crush's cherry soda, on the other hand, isn't doing anything to help you reach those health goals.

11

Crush Strawberry

crush strawberry bottle
Courtesy of Crush
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 115 mg sodium, 77 g carbs (76 g sugar)

And the same can be said for Crush's strawberry soda, too, as it's also packing 76 grams of sugar.

10

Mtn Dew

mountain dew bottle
Courtesy of Mtn Dew
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 105 mg sodium, 77 g carbs (77 g sugar)

One bottle of Mtn Dew, and you're looking at 77 grams of sugar. Yikes. If you're still unsure about any long-term damage soda can have, you might want to think about your smile. Studies have uncovered that dential erosion and severe tooth decay have been linked to frequent soft drink consumption.

9

Mtn Dew Live Wire

mountain dew live wire
Courtesy of Mtn Dew
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 105 mg sodium, 77 g carbs (77 g sugar)

Mtn Dew's take on orange soda is just as bad as the original flavor. Don't even bother drinking any Live Wire!

8

Mello Yello

mello yello soda bottle
Courtesy of Mello Yello
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 80 mg sodium, 78 g carbs (78 g sugar)

The name of this citrus-flavored soda might make it seem like it's a chill, refreshing drink. But one bottle of Mello Yello is packing nearly 300 calories and 78 grams of sugar. That's nothing to be calm about!

7

Mug Cream Soda

mug cream soda bottle
Courtesy of Mug
Per 20 fl oz: 290 calories, 105 mg sodium, 79 g carbs (79 g sugar)

Cream soda is known for its vanilla flavor that is reminiscent of ice cream. But Mug's version is loaded up with 79 grams of the sweet stuff.

6

Fanta Mango

fanta mango bottle
Courtesy of Fanta
Per 20 fl oz: 300 calories, 65 mg sodium, 80 g carbs (80 g sugar)

Eating a mango might make you feel like you're somewhere tropical, and a recent study even found that the fruit may help reduce wrinkles. That same can't be said for Fanta's mango soda that is packing more sugar than 21 Chips Ahoy cookies.

5

Fanta Pineapple

fanta pineapple bottle
Courtesy of Fanta
Per 20 fl oz: 300 calories, 90 mg sodium, 81 g carbs (80 g sugar)

Sensing a trend among these fruit-flavored sodas? They're all filled with straight-up added sugar. Eating an actual pineapple, though, has plenty of upsides. It can help strengthen your immune system, aid digestion, and boost your mood, among the fruit's many health benefits. All of which—as you can imagine—are lost in this Fanta soda.

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4

Sunkist Fruit Punch

sunkist fruit punch bottle
Courtesy of Sunkist
Per 20 fl oz: 300 calories, 100 mg sodium, 82 g carbs (80 g sugar)

A fruit punch soda sounds intriguing, and the color of this Sunkist drink is eye-catching, to say the least. Take a look at the nutrition, though, and those 80 grams of sugar are enough to scare you away for good.

3

Crush Peach

crush peach bottle
Courtesy of Crush
Per 20 fl oz: 310 calories, 105 mg sodium, 83 g carbs (81 g sugar)

More than 300 calories and 81 grams of sugar for a bottle of Crush's peach soda? If you're really in the mood for some actual peach-flavor, we highly suggest eating the actual fruit instead.

2

Sunkist Pineapple

sunkist pineapple bottle
Courtesy of Sunkist
Per 20 fl oz: 320 calories, 95 mg sodium, 85 g carbs (84 g sugar)

Another pineapple soda makes the list, and it's even worse than the Fanta offering. Sunkist's version of this fruity drink comes in at 320 calories and 84 grams of sugar. That's more than you would get if you ate three of McDonald's vanilla ice cream cones.

1

Crush Pineapple

crush pineapple bottle
Courtesy of Crush
Per 20 fl oz: 320 calories, 110 mg sodium, 86 g carbs (85 g sugar)

If you chowed down on eight Original Glazed Krispy Kreme donuts, you would still consume less sugar than you would get from this one bottle of Crush Pineapple soda. Plus, this soda has the same amount of calories as two bags of Lay's Classic Potato Chips. Those are more than enough reasons to never go near this drink!

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more
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