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soft drinksWhen it comes to sweeteners in soft drinks (not diet drinks), there are two, fructose and glucose that we need to pay close attention to.  The body metabolizes glucose and fructose, but in different ways.  Glucose metabolizes in the body to give us energy and fructose is processed only by the liver and is associated with Type 2 diabetes and obesity (fructose is converted into fat).  Fructose is also naturally found in fruit which is fine, but fruit should be consumed in moderation.  Americans consume large amounts of fructose in sweetened drinks every day which is a big health concern.

The next time you purchase a soft drink; take time to read the nutritional values on the can.  What do soda companies really mean by “sugar” on the label?  Based on grams per 100 millilitre, listed below is the amount of fructose in your favorite soft drink (again, these are not diet drinks):

72% – Vitamin Water Power C (20 fl. oz.)

64% – Pepsi (20 fl. oz.)

64% – Coca Cola (14 fl. oz.)

64% – Sprite (14 fl. oz.)

59% – Coca Cola (fountain drink)

59% – Dr. Pepper (20 fl. oz.)

59% – Sprite (fountain drink)

58% – Hawaiian Punch (128 fl. oz.)

58% – Pepsi (fountain drink)

58% – Mountain Dew (20 fl. oz.)

57% – Sunny Delight (16 fl. oz.)

57% – Arizona Iced Tea (16 fl. oz.)

44% – Snapple Kiwi Strawberry (16 fl. oz.)

35% – Gatorade Lemon Lime (10 fl. oz.)

33% – Capri Sun (pouch)

17% – Red Bull (8.4 fl. oz.)

It is time to rethink your soft drink consumption, especially if you are looking to shed some pounds.  In the place of soda, drink water!

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Shumaker, E. (2014). The Huffington Post, “Here’s why soda s even more unhealthy than you thought”.  Retrieved June 11, 2014, from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/10/there-may-be-more-sugar-i_n_5480398.html?ir=Healthy%20Living&utm_campaign=061114&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-healthy-living&utm_content=Title