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Can You Guess Which Has More Sugar?

Are you carb-obsessed or sugar-stumped? Put your sweet know-how to the test by sizing up two treats to see which one has more sugar.

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  1. 1.

    Flavored water (20 ounces)
    Flavored water (20 ounces)
    Two donuts
    Two donuts
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Flavored water

    The flavored water takes the win with 31g of sugar! Guess there's more than just flavoring — there's also loads of sugar. However, decadent donuts still pack a sugary punch with 22g.

    Flavored water
  2. 2.

    Orange juice (15.2 ounces)
    Orange juice (15.2 ounces)
    Four donuts
    Four donuts
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Orange juice

    OJ isn't a great way to start your day with a hefty serving of 45g of sugar. However, four donuts are only a hair behind with 44g of sugar.

    Orange juice
  3. 3.

    17 gummy bears
    17 gummy bears
    Energy drink (12 ounces)
    Energy drink (12 ounces)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Energy drink!

    The energy drink may give you that boost you want, but it’s also giving a boost of 37g of sugar. Better eat a few more gummy bears if you want the same sugar kick... they have 19g.

    Energy drink!
  4. 4.

    Sports drink (20 ounces)
    Sports drink (20 ounces)
    Three donuts
    Three donuts
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sports drink!

    Those sports drinks really muscle their way to the top with a whopping 34g of sugar, barely edging out 3 donuts at 33g.

    Sports drink!
  5. 5.

    Four churros
    Four churros
    Sweet tea (20 ounces)
    Sweet tea (20 ounces)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sweet tea!

    They don’t call it sweet tea for nothing — this syrupy drink contains 65g of sugar! Four churros, despite being coated in the stuff, have less than half that at 32g of sugar.

    Sweet tea!
  6. 6.

    Sports drink (20 ounces)
    Sports drink (20 ounces)
    Soda can (12 ounces)
    Soda can (12 ounces)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Soda can!

    It’s a tight race here, but the soda wins with 39g of sugar despite 8 fewer ounces. Sports drink is still plenty sweet, though, with 34g.

    Soda can!
  7. 7.

    Orange juice (15.2 ounces)
    Orange juice (15.2 ounces)
    34 gummy bears
    34 gummy bears
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Orange juice!

    Check out that liquid sunshine — it has 45g of sugar, as opposed to 34 gummy bears, which have 38g. How long would it take to eat 34 gummy bears?

    Orange juice!
  8. 8.

    Chocolate milk (14 ounces)
    Chocolate milk (14 ounces)
    Iced latte (9.5 ounces)
    Iced latte (9.5 ounces)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The chocolate milk!

    Milk does a body good, but with added sugar and chocolate it tops out at 44g of sugar. At 32g, a simple iced latte isn’t so innocent, either.

    The chocolate milk!
  9. 9.

    Bottled smoothie (15.2 ounces)
    Bottled smoothie (15.2 ounces)
    Five donuts
    Five donuts
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Five donuts!

    It’s probably not surprising that five donuts contain a cavity-inducing 55g of sugar. More surprising? A bottled smoothie contains 51g.

    Five donuts!
  10. 10.

    Bottled water (16.9 ounces)
    Bottled water (16.9 ounces)
    Boxed juice (6 ounces)
    Boxed juice (6 ounces)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Boxed juice!

    Boxed juice — aww, it’s so tiny, so portable, so convenient for thirsty kids. But lurking beneath that innocent cardboard exterior is 20g of sugar. Water, of course, has zero. What’s in your kid’s cup?

    Boxed juice!

Can You Guess Which Has More Sugar?

Cheer up, you may have been fooled by sugar, but don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. Juice companies would have you believe that juice is a healthy part of your diet. Worse, they’d have you believe it’s a healthy part of kids’ diets. Learn more about juice and how to spread the word.

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Hey, not bad! Most people don’t know how much sugar is in everyday foods or drinks. You’re on your way to a healthier body and teeth. Kids are especially vulnerable with the amount of juice in their diets. Wanna learn more about oral health for kids? Check out the many reasons why baby teeth need water.

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Great job! You’re a sugar savant, and you already know that sugar can lurk in even the most innocent of places. But did you know that minimizing sugary drinks is even more important for your kids’ oral health? Get the scoop on why baby teeth need water and help us spread the word.

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As you can see from the results of the quiz, many beverages contain sugar.

Some of these beverages, like juice, are often presented as healthy and marketed to kids. True, they can have lots of vitamins and taste good, but the sugar feeds bacteria that cause cavities. And those cavities can actually spread from baby teeth to adult teeth. Healthy teeth and bodies need water. Help us spread this message to everyone!

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Research provided by Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation. Sugar content based on average nutritional information gathered from similar product websites. For nutritional information on the products you consume, see nutrition labels.

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