The Most Sugar Filled Drinks

Added sugars are the bane of our modern diet – and drinking sugar is arguably the easiest way to over-indulge.

Despite Coke’s new campaign saying they’re helping fight obesity, beverages can rack up the calories quickly.

What are the most sugary drinks?


Per 8oz: 64 grams
Per 8.45oz / 250ml can: 67.5

Hype is an energy drink that is known for it’s “cotton candy” taste. That’s because it has an impressive amount of sugar in it.
Sources: 1


McDonalds Frappe’ Mocha

Per 8oz: 41 grams
Per 12oz cup: 62 grams

Sources: 1


Minute Maid Cranberry Grape

Per 8oz: 38 grams
15.2oz bottle: 72.2 grams

Note: “25% Fruit Juice”. Also – Cranberry drinks often have a lot of added sugar because cranberry is a very bitter fruit.
Sources: 1


Rockstar Punched Guava

Per 8oz: 37 grams
Per 16oz can 74 grams

Not only does Guava have 74 grams of sugar per can, but they also add artificial sweeteners for an even sweeter taste! This one definitely so sweet that it makes your teeth hurt.


Tropicana Twister Soda – Orange

Per 8oz: 35 grams
Per 20oz bottle: 87.5 grams
Sources: 1


Sunkist Orange Soda

Per 8oz: 35 grams
Per 12oz can: 52 grams
Per 20oz bottle: 87.5 grams
Sources: 1


Fanta Orange

Per 8oz: 34.3 grams
Per 12oz can: 51.5 grams
Per 20oz bottle: 85.8 grams
Sources: 1, 2


Newman’s Own Limeade

Per 8oz: 34 grams
Per 16oz: 68 grams

This drink may not have any high fructose corn syrup, but still produces a huge blood sugar spike.


Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Frappacino

Per 8oz: 33 grams
Per 16oz cup: 66 grams

Sources: 1


Sun Drop

Per 8oz: 30 grams
Per 20oz bottle: 75 grams

Sources: 1


Sobe Adrenaline Rush

Per 8oz: 33 grams
Per 8.3oz can: 35 grams
Per 16oz bottle: 66 grams
Sources: 1


Mountain Dew

Per 8oz: 31 grams
Per 12oz can: 47 grams

Sources: 1



Per 8oz: 30 grams
Per 16oz can: 60 grams

Sources: sugar in drinks database.


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  1. Laura

    Regarding the dangers of artificial sweeteners:
    No data? Not true! I was a guinnea pig. I used to eat some form of artifical sweetener on a daily basis back in 2003 (although not in a drink)
    Then, I had routine blood tests that revealed a high levels of toxicity in my liver. My doctor said, “No problem, almost everyone has that, even I do.”
    I didn’t buy it. I went off artificial sweeteners. It was the ONLY change I made. Three months later, I had new blood tests and my “bilirubin” was completely normal. Artificial sweeteners are TOXIC.

  2. ex-caffaddict

    Anne- I was in sav-a-center the other day and I found a rather large bottle of cranberry juice concentrate(it was oceanspray brand), but it said 100% all natural unsweetened cranberry juice.It was almost six dollars for the bottle. I believe I saw it in an health food store a couple of months ago too, not sure which one though.

  3. ex-caffaddict

    Bralee, I was truly addicted to caffiene two years ago. I would have a Dr.Pepper during lunch,dinner,a snack,and in the middle of the night sometimes twice. If I went a few hours withou it I would crave it so bad that when I would finally drink it, each end of my mouth would uncontrollably turn downwards for a few seconds. Over one year I went from 130 to 155lbs and my kidneys began to hurt. I was never a big eater nor a sweet eater so I knew that it was the sodas. It was hard but I had to phase out the sodas by drinking diet(which gave me headaches)then I eased to flavor water,and now plain water and I only drink flavor water with my dinner. Now I am 133lbs after a year away from sodas. I suggest that you phase the Dew gradually out of your daily consumption.

  4. anne

    Amanda said:
    Er, actually, according to the math, it would be around 20 teaspoons[…]
    Then Jim said:
    I’m sorry 🙁 Hard to believe that math was my best subject. Yet another late night post. Anyway – at least I know you’re reading it…

    Well, if the numbers given are correct (85.8 grams in a can & 4 grams in a teaspoon as stated), Then the original statement that there are almost 21.5 teaspoons of sugar in a 20oz bottle of Fanta seems correct. 85.8 divided by 4 = 21.45 in my book. But the difference between “around 20” and “almost 21.5” is minor anyway. The important part being that either of those amounts is way too much sugar. My main drink is water, no ice, sometimes with a twist of lemon. Besides that I have an occasional glass of red wine and a rare cup of coffee.

    Someone please tell me where I can find unsweetened cranberry juice.

  5. Eloise Zenger

    Being a type 2 diabetic I need to count carbs. I am supposed to have about 45 carbs per meal and 15 carbs in snacks three times a day. One can of soda has the carbs of one meal for me. I drink one can of diet soda a day. If I am going to have bad carbs I will have them in the form of chocolate. I have always preferred whole fruit over juice and only took up diet sodas after my diabetes eliminated my daily gin and tonic.

  6. Angie

    No offence, but a lot of the “research” demonizing high fructose corn syrup assumes that you don’t know the difference between HFCS and pure fructose. The composition of HFCS is about the same as table sugar- the HFCS in soda is about 55% fructose and 45% glucose. From

    “Some don’t believe we should eat anything made by Big Food, so they’ve embraced fructose mythology by very carefully choosing their words and designing their studies so that you’ll think their findings for fructose are referring to HFCS. Their studies use pure fructose or inordinately high percentages of fructose sweeteners — up to 30% of calories, which is three to four times the amount in our daily diets! — to suggest something ominous. But we never eat fructose that way. “Fructose is always found in about a 50% ratio to glucose,” explained John S. White, Ph.D., a fructose researcher with White Technical Research Group, Argenta, IL. “The percentage is what’s important, not the total amount of fructose in grams. The sugars have a buffering effect on one another and don’t act independently. You don’t see malabsorption problems unless you study unrealistic percentages of fructose, [problems] which disappear at around a 50% intake.” And in fact, no studies on HFCS as normally consumed, just like other sweeteners, has shown it’s harmful. ”

    Splenda is an indegestible molecule. Sucralose- the product of the reaction between sucrose and chlorine ions- mimicks the shape of a disaccharide. It is not broken down by the body, and is disposed of in the usual way.

  7. Chris

    I actually only drink one drink on the list, Fanta Orange. That is the only soda or sugar filled beverage I drink, except for green tea. Water is 10X better and you can add low-cal flavors to water to give it a little taste if it’s too boring. I like crystal light and they are only 5-10 cals per serving. You can’t beat that! ( :

  8. Melba

    If you really want to lose weight, begin drinking a mixture of 1 part water & 3 parts sweetened Koolade. Gradually decrease Koolade & increase water, a little at a time until you’re only drinking water (or until it’s BARELY flavored with water). Eat ANY TIME YOU FEEL A LITTLE HUNGER PANG but get FULL on vegetables or anything without calories. For “dessert”, eat as much Jello with fresh berries as you can eat. This works !!!

  9. DB Tucker

    TheMorbidMe said:
    It is amazing to see how our kids just pop those cans as if it where water… […]

    Huh … just where are our kids getting these drinks? Mom and Dad allowing and buying?

  10. Brenda

    I gave up even diet soda for Lent this year. (40 days). I lost three pounds.. Between the carbonation and chemicals in packaged beverages, water is really the best drink for our body. I even now try to avoid the flavored waters.

  11. toni

    Suprise! Mountain Dew has lots of caffeine, so it does have drug like effects. If you drink lots of it, and then stop suddenly, the sudden drop in caffeine can give you headaches, esp. if you already are prone to migraines. You need to taper off gradually, and not substitute other caffeine. Good luck.

  12. Liz


    Mountain Dew has a lot of caffiene, I think 55mg per can. What you are probably experiencing is a caffiene headache along with the high and sudden lows of the caffeine and sugar. It gives you an immediate burst of energy but then makes your energy levels sink to very low levels.

    Caffiene withdrawel can take a week or so to get through but once you are through it the headaches should pass.

  13. Barbara

    I never realized how much sugar was in sodas……but after reading this , it is bye-bye soda, even the diet.

  14. Bralee

    So,what does it mean if the only thing i drink is mountain thin but tired all the time. where i work we get free fountain drinks so its easy prone to severe migraines and when i cut myself off the dew i get very sick and have the migraines. i want to stop drinking it because i think thats why im tired all the time.mountain dew is like a drug for me. i get happy at the very sight of the there a mountain dew annonymous or something? dont suggest diet dew,diet drinks taste like crap.

  15. Christine

    Check with your school district if you are that concerned. Ours recently changed our policies, so we have refrigerated vending machines that offer fruits and vegetables, and low sugar drinks because there were so many health concerns raised by parents. Our cafeteria now no longer serves pizza or any other high fat foods. It’s easier than you think to make a change to benefit your selves and your families.

  16. carolyn

    I use splenda or equal in my drinks. It is supposed to be better than using sugar. I wonder though if it is toxic. ugh!

  17. The Waxing Phillosipher

    Mary said:
    Very informative. Too bad the schools have no nutrition patrol to keep these ites off their cafeteria menu and out of the machines .I now drink Crystal lite[…]

    Check again, mary. Every public school is required to have personnel that are trained in proper nutrition! That doesn’t mean that after they leave the cafeteria, that the school itself doesn’t profit from the vending machines in their halls. This is a very good point to bring up at the next very boring PTA/PTO meeting (by the way, you do not have to be a paying member to attend these meetings. If you have a child attending the school, then you have a right to have your say. This was america, last i checked, contrary to our current goverments political views.)

  18. Lucie

    Just the thought of pouring that much sugar into my mouth makes me sick. I have a friend from the South who swears she cannot live without her sweet tea. She offered me a sip once and I could barely swallow it. It was awful. But she grew up on that and fried foods. She jokes that there isn’t a vegetable alive that doesn’t taste better dipped in batter and deep-fried, and she even puts sugar in the batter. She swears she is healthy as can be. Yeah. For now.

  19. Mary

    Very informative. Too bad the schools have no nutrition patrol to keep these ites off their cafeteria menu and out of the machines .I now drink Crystal lite

  20. rob

    shocking i never new just how much sugar is in a can, i drink 4-5 of these a day, time for some changes

  21. josh

    i think that when you drink fizzy drinks it will decay your teeth (making u look bad) and as people are saying, people are getting addicted to suger so this must mean that people are spending more money to keep up there bodies suger demand.

  22. almost vegetarian

    The horror of it all. And to think so many of these are marketed to and given to our children. Especially in lieu of real fruits. And what’s worse is that these companies continue to put out these juices, some with less and some with more (and some with a lot more) sugar of all types, like the new juice from Nestle (, especially bearing in mind the national obesity epidemic. Shameful.

  23. catwalker

    It’s not actually even sugar that you’re drinking – those drinks are made with high fructose corn syrup which your body barely knows how to deal with. Sugar would be bad but isn’t nearly as bad as the corn syrup.

    from an article in the SF Gate –

    “Loading high fructose corn syrup into increasingly larger portions of soda and processed food has packed more calories into us and more money into food processing companies, say nutritionists and food activists. But some health experts argue that the issue is bigger than mere calories. The theory goes like this: The body processes the fructose in high fructose corn syrup differently than it does old-fashioned cane or beet sugar, which in turn alters the way metabolic-regulating hormones function. It also forces the liver to kick more fat out into the bloodstream.

    The end result is that our bodies are essentially tricked into wanting to eat more and at the same time, we are storing more fat.”

    They use the corn syrup because it’s a fraction of the price of regular sugar. criminal.

  24. Dan

    we all know that there is a huge amount of sugar in soft drinks….
    It is easy to calculate for any soft drink:
    1 teaspoon of sugar = 4 grams = 15 calories.
    ( )

    Since all the calories in soft drinks come from the sweetener…

    a can of coke at 150 calories / 12 oz = 10 teaspoons of sugar.
    You would be hard pressed to get that amount of sugar into a glass of iced tea! (unless you are a Southern iced tea drinker!)

  25. Rob O.

    The part that concerns me is that “big soda” has fiendishly invaded the schools and placed soda machines in oh-so-convenient locations.

    Sure, you have a great deal of control over what your kids consume at home, but what about those many hours that they’re at school, bending to the will of peer pressure and the crushing forces of manipulative advertising?

    The way the fast food & “big soda” companies prey upon kids in school is kinda like shooting fish in a barrel. I wish more parents would get riled up by this exploitatory behavior… We’re allowing these companies to grow future consumers from the ground up and it all just seems very insidious to me.

  26. Oscar

    Based on the conversion, I never thought that those drinks would have that much sugar. This is probably what we get for choosing things that ready to drink. If we make our own drink, we can measure how much sugar we want and don’t have to worry about it.

  27. mo pie

    And that’s why you have to drink unsweetened cranberry juice if you have a UTI. Because the sugar is bad for your UTI, and it negates the effect of the cranberry. Just a little public service announcement for all you women out there.

  28. Spectra

    I make a point to never drink sugary beverages. I feel it’s a waste of calories. The only liquid calories I take in are milk and beer (or vodka mixed with diet soda). I haven’t had regular soda in about 4 years.

  29. snoop

    i’ve never been a fan of sugary drinks, although i have a raging sweet tooth. i prefer eating sugar in the form of cookies and pastries as opposed to drinking it. plus, the carbonation in soda makes me bloated and that alone is enough to make me not want to drink it.

  30. Kery

    Eww. I’ve never really paid attention to the math and to how much sugar all ofthis amounted to, but I think I can be glad that I’ve given up on such drinks long ago. It’s kind of frightening…

  31. Alex

    It’s not surprising that most of the juice drinks have high sugar content. Based on it’s sweetness, you can already tell that it probabgly has huge amount of sugar.

  32. gabriel

    ive only heard of fanta out of all of them sugars ik for you just not alot of it

  33. Doug Burns

    Yes – sugar IS addictive. And we all know that it’s the worst thing for us. Problem is, when I’m in a hurry and I need a drink to go with my lunch, it’s mostly the drinks on this list are among my options. Usually, I stick to water, but it’s nice to have someone around to help.

    When that sugar-craving sneaks up, look around and see if you have any friends with you who will help encourage you to make the right choices.

    -Doug Burns,

  34. Jim

    Amanda said:
    Er, actually, according to the math, it would be around 20 teaspoons[…]

    I’m sorry 🙁 Hard to believe that math was my best subject. Yet another late night post. Anyway – at least I know you’re reading it…

    Anyway… yes most of these were not straight sugar but HFCS. Even so – if you have a 3-4 can a day habit, there’s some serious sugar overload going on – particularly with the orange sodas.

  35. The Faddist

    Graham Foster said:
    Another concern is the alternatives are diet soda’s are packed full of chemicals which in the quantities people consume them in are probably going to cause cancer in later life.

    Seems a real dilema if anyone even cared more about their customers health than their shareholders profits!


    Spare us the rhetoric. We’ve already had the “diet soda will give you cancer” discussion a few threads back and your side didn’t fare so well because… well, because there’s no facts behind your side.

    Sugar isn’t inherently evil, and aspartame has no ill effects. The “greedy” big businesses don’t want you sick or dead, they want you alive so you can buy more of their product so they can make more money. That’s a side of corporate greed you seldom hear about.

    There is no “dilema [sic]” as you put it. The biggest dilemma people seem to face here is how to shift the blame (to the media, corporations, the government, etc.) so they don’t have to feel responsible for being fat. It’s a victim mentality that, ironically enough, just serves to keep you fat.

  36. Mark

    Avoid drinking calories – it’s the easiest way to lose bloat and pounds. There’s simply no need to drink juice, iced drinks, sports and “energy” drinks, ever! I think marketers have really conditioned people to think that it’s acceptable to drink calories so long as there’s the veil of either health or refreshment. But drinking calories is unnatural and unnecessary. Don’t forget about all the coffee drinks which are really just glorified milkshakes! Those drive me nuts. 🙂

  37. The Faddist

    I remember watching KoolAid commercials when I was a kid and they would say how much better it was for you than soda because it had a third less sugar then soda. And all I could think was, “Not the way I make it, sweetheart.”

  38. Fast weight loss?

    Really useful list of drinks that are full of sugar. We use these drinks very frequently and in a happy mood without knowing their effects.

  39. Graham Foster

    The worrying thing is most kids are brought up on this stuff and it’s like eating bags of sugar…Even if we ignore the teeth decay issues. The obesity in kids is not being helped by the multi million dollar promotions behind these products.

    Another concern is the alternatives are diet soda’s are packed full of chemicals which in the quantities people consume them in are probably going to cause cancer in later life.

    Seems a real dilema if anyone even cared more about their customers health than their shareholders profits!

  40. suzan yocum

    I know from experience that I have cut out Dr. Peppers from my diet and have lost weight were I am now dpwn a dress size in just 2 months. I also drink lots of water every day.

  41. Susan Parsons MD

    I agree that sugar is an addiction. And there are no redeeming qualities. One of my “diet secrets” is “Don’t drink the calories!” Getting off of soft drinks is one of the easiest ways to improve your diet.

    But it’s amazing how many people tell me that they don’t like plain water. I suggest that they try unsweetened tea or coffee or add a lemon or lime slice. Another technique is to add a small amount of unsweetened cranberry, blueberry, or pomegranate juice to your water. My favorite Starbucks drink is a non-fat latte. Just skim milk and espresso – yum! They have soy milk too, for those who don’t do dairy.

  42. Ann

    About 21.5 teaspoons of sugar …
    I’ve never tried any of those drinks. But I have had some other types of cranberry juice before. I loved craisins until I took a look at how much sugar they have to add to make them edible.

  43. Red

    What’s more, the vast majority of “sugar” in these drinks is not actual sugar (sucrose), but high-fructose corn syrup.

  44. Jan

    Half a cup of sugar! It is half water, half sugar when you think of it. Scary.

  45. Crabby McSlacker

    I thought it was interesting, too, how many of these were “fruity” flavors, which would suggest to the naive that they might be slightly healthier. I would have thought colas took more sugar to sweeten than fruit flavored drinks.

    I made myself switch to diet soft drinks but not happily. This, however, is a good reminder not to even think about going back.

  46. TheMorbidMe

    It is amazing to see how our kids just pop those cans as if it where water…

  47. Quito

    Yeah. And, just in case you’re thinking soda = low class: over at Starbucks, a venti Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee (no whip) has 83 grams of sugar and a venti Dulce de Leche Latte (no whip) has 70 grams of sugar. Adding whip adds fat, for the most part: a venti Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee with whip has 80 grams of sugar, 25 grams of fat, and 650 calories (but it does have 3 grams of fiber!)

  48. Lose Weight With Me

    I was a Pepsi-holic before I made my lifestyle changes. I would drink a minimum of a 6 pack a day. I honestly think I was addicted to the sugar.

    Now, I can’t stand the taste of it. I don’t even drink Diet sodas anymore. I think this was one of the keys for my weight loss success.


  49. Amanda

    …wait. By “over a cup,” I meant, “Almost half a cup.” Of course. STILL ludicrous.

  50. Amanda

    Er, actually, according to the math, it would be around 20 teaspoons. Which is still ridiculous. There are three teaspoons in a tablespoon, four tablespoons in a quarter cup. That’s over a cup of sugar. Kinda puts the trepidations that keep me from adding ONE packet of sugar to my coffee into perspective.