Flavored water (20 ounces)Two donuts
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.
Orange juice (15.2 ounces)Four donuts
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.
17 gummy bearsEnergy drink (12 ounces)
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.
Sports drink (20 ounces)Three donuts
Those sports drinks really muscle their way to the top with a whopping 34g of sugar, barely edging out 3 donuts at 33g.
Four churrosSweet tea (20 ounces)
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.
Sports drink (20 ounces)Soda can (12 ounces)
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.
Orange juice (15.2 ounces)34 gummy bears
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?
Chocolate milk (14 ounces)Iced latte (9.5 ounces)
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.
Bottled smoothie (15.2 ounces)Five donuts
It’s probably not surprising that five donuts contain a cavity-inducing 55g of sugar. More surprising? A bottled smoothie contains 51g.
Bottled water (16.9 ounces)Boxed juice (6 ounces)
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?
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!
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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