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?

Hype

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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.
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McDonalds Frappe’ Mocha

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

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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.
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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.

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Tropicana Twister Soda – Orange

Per 8oz: 35 grams
Per 20oz bottle: 87.5 grams
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Sunkist Orange Soda

Per 8oz: 35 grams
Per 12oz can: 52 grams
Per 20oz bottle: 87.5 grams
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Fanta Orange

Per 8oz: 34.3 grams
Per 12oz can: 51.5 grams
Per 20oz bottle: 85.8 grams
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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.

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Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha Frappacino

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

Sources: 1

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Sun Drop

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

Sources: 1

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Sobe Adrenaline Rush

Per 8oz: 33 grams
Per 8.3oz can: 35 grams
Per 16oz bottle: 66 grams
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Mountain Dew

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

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RockStar

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

Sources: sugar in drinks database.

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  1. stephen

    i like these drinks because i do alot of muay thai kickboxing and mma and i need sugar after my workout 🙂

    • Ben

      No you don’t, that is so stupid. Have a banana. These drinks are full of processed sugar and you need natural sugar. So things like enenrgy drinks and nurishments are just a gimmick. Anyway the best thing after a workout is to get some protein down you with in 30mins of finishing

      Kickboxing 6 years
      Muaythai 1 year (in Thailand)
      BJJ 1 year

  2. Ifeoma

    well i never new there are so many drinks with sugar.I only now about fanta been sugary

  3. Missy M.

    Try chiropractic for your migraines, and for me to get rid of Mt. Dew, the only thing that worked, was someone suggested before each can I “craved” that I drink a 10 oz. glass of water first. At first, I still craved the Mt. Dew after the glass of water, but within a few weeks, I began not “needing” the pop after the water. It was explained to me that I was finally beginning to re-hydrate my body and break the caffeine/sugar addiction my cells had. Then I began craving water, it was much easier than when I tried to quit cold turkey…BAD HEADACHES that way! This way was so much easier!

  4. Lorna

    I dont care what is in mountain dew i still love it!!!

  5. hey

    hey, my kids are healthy eaters and i don’t intend them on eating sweets i think that the school canteen strategies are great

    sara

  6. hannah

    Yeah i agree. I mean kids all around the world don’t really care.

  7. roxy

    well we don’t really need to do maths, i mean kids like me only care about the quality not quantity. besides, i’m very skinny but not anorexic or underweight and i’ve eaten sweets my whole life. Some people’s bodies are happy with sweets and sugar.

    Roxy

  8. Unhealthy?

    I hate to admit it, but I do like to drink at least a can of cola and another can of some coconut drink per day. I’ll try to change now… I am quite embarrassed of it actually. I hate to think about that fact too. Sadly, yeah, I am a kid. So… perhaps I should just start changing – I don’t want problems when I grow up

  9. Mouse

    Forgot A&W Float, 63grams of sugar in a 11.5oz bottle, which would be equivalent to 43.8 grams in a 8oz container.

  10. Real Estate Facts - Real Estate Book

    toni is exactly saying right… sudden drop in caffeine is not gud

  11. davesworkout

    Yep, the caffeine actually has the safe effect on your brain as drugs such as cocaine and heroin, effecting your dopamine receptors. Scary!

    A lot of the “energy” drinks are ridiculously high in both sugar and caffeine, some having 200+mg of caffeine, and the nations children are sucking these things down before gym class in middle school! Scary scary scary.

  12. darrel tarver

    If you let the Sunkist orange soda evaporate, would you have the same amount of sugar remaining in the container? If not, where did the rest of the sugar go?

  13. Fitness_Fanatic

    Fortunately, I ditched full-sugar sodas 10 years ago.

  14. Lauren Lee

    But the sound of the fact that Mountain dew has so much sugar is just so crazy beacause I did not know it would have so much grams of sugar to begin with because I drink alot of soda so apparently I have stoped to drink alot of soda.So tell your kids stop drinking soda or they will gain weight.And ask yourself what would JESUS do? Or maybe this would help “Be Quiet grandma drink your prune juice!” Because that helps me ya’know what I am saying homey! So if you want to get healthy eat NUTRI. bars and lotsof milk!Like Napoleon would say”WHATEVER!”
    By:Lauren Lee

  15. Lauren Lee

    I can not believe that mountain dew has the most sugar its just so suprising because I thought it would be coke so it just blows my mind of

  16. James

    omg. that’s a lot. just from a drink..

  17. carsonnik

    I haven’t had even a sip of soda in 6 months and I don’t plan on having one anytime soon

  18. thebaldchemist

    It is really frightening. When I was a kid we were told its good for you -you need 2500 calories a day and sugar will give ’em to you.
    Then, just recently I read that sugar is a poison! It takes the vitamins and minerals calcium in particular to help the body get rid of it.I’m sure the arguments for are the same as the tobacco industry. No-one was ever ill from sugar-Yeh. Sure. Diabetes ain’t sugar related either.
    Thanks for these warnings. Now its time to get rid of the MacDonalds myths. Half the population obese and sick from this crap. Well done http://www.thebaldchemist.com

  19. CatBlue

    I am rather surprised to read the comments here touting the safety of HFCS and artificial sugars. Admittedly, everyone is different and some people will be more sensitive to additives than others. I can certainly attest to their affect on me.

    I am a runner and I enjoy a nice whole wheat waffle or pancake every now and then. I experienced a huge difference in energy when I switched from regular table “syrup” on my waffle to real maple syrup. Most pancake and waffle syrups sold in grocery stores have corn syrup and HFCS. I would often feel incredibly sleepy 20 minutes after eating, or still hungry. When I use real maple syrup I don’t have that reaction.

    With regard to artificial sugars like saccharine, aspartame, sucralose, sorbitol, etc. alas, I have had bad experiences with those as well. Even a small amount of sugar alcohols (sorbitol, maltitol and the like) give me unbelievably unpleasant GI distress. Last summer after a run I stopped by my local road runners club to sign up for a race that weekend. They had a table with a large jug of ice-cold Amino Vital and they were offering samples. It was a very hot day and I had just finished a hilly, sweaty 6-miler so I thought sure, let me replace what electrolytes I’ve just lost. It was cold and crisp, felt great going down. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to me Amino Vital contains maltitol. I spent the rest of the afternoon at work in total discomfort. I had stomach cramps, passed gas, had a visibly distended stomach and I only drank two small cups of the stuff!

    Most recently I realized I was having problems with Propel Fitness water. I drink water primarily and the only fruit juice I can abide is unsweetened grapefruit or cranberry because everything else tastes too sweet to me. (R.W. Knudsen’s Just Cranberry is my favorite. I know that is probably really too tart for most people, but I like things tart. I ate lemons as a kid the way some people eat oranges! But I digress.) I tried Propel because I thought it would be a nice change during my workouts and because it came out with a light Orange flavor that contained calcium. Well, the effect it had on me was rather frightening. Less than an hour after drinking it during my workouts I would start experiencing ill effects, which at first I didn’t connect with Propel. I would be sitting on the bench in the locker room, perfectly relaxed after a nice shower, and my heart would suddenly race like Seabiscuit. No joke; I had heart palpitations that made me put my hand on my chest in terror and I would have trouble breathing for a few seconds. When I used it during my run I again experienced the heart flutters and a sense of dizziness that I had never felt before; not even on hard runs in the heat and humidity. Other less scary (but no less annoying) side effects were stomach/GI discomfort and the odd sensation of having an UTI (an irritation and feeling like I needed to go the bathroom when I didn’t). Time coupled with drinking just water would always make the problems disappear, so one day I actually took a look at the ingredients on Propel and saw sucralose. At the time I was not familiar with the name; I did not know that it was Splenda. I researched it and came across several sites which listed adverse reactions to sucralose, including all the ones I experienced and even worse. I stopped drinking Propel immediately and I haven’t had a problem since.

    As aforementioned, some people are more sensitive than others to chemically engineered sugars like sucralose and I guess I am one of them. I can only suggest that people really pay attention to their bodies (how you feel when you eat and drink certain things), scrutinize the labels on your food and drinks, and err on the side of caution.

  20. Different Nic

    Source please.

    Jim Tippie said:
    Aspartame has been linked with altzheimers disease, therefore I presume sugar in moderation would be less harmful, moderation being the key. […]

  21. Jim Tippie

    Aspartame has been linked with altzheimers disease, therefore I presume sugar in moderation would be less harmful, moderation being the key.

  22. Tony Frank

    Would it not be a kick in the seat of our pants if it were learned that abuse of sugar disrupts the entire endocrine system and not just the pancreas. That large numbers of people are suffering addictive behaviors and emotional disruptions simply because the abuse of sugar prevented their bodies from producing the endorphins needed to fend off depression. What is the word origin of melancholy? Is the word mel Latin for honey?

  23. Dee

    I drank tons of soda also not realizing how bad it was for my teeth and other side effects too now im going thru alot of dental work partly beacause of the soda is loaded with sugar I couldent give up soda completly so I tried coke zero its FANTASTIk tastes just like the regular one but i’m cutting back on sugar by more then 70% and watching my sugar intake very closely i’m drinking low cal teas and sodas water not for the calorie concerns for the sugar concerns but remeber everything in moderation is the key from someone who has smartened up!! P.S. also if you have teeth concerns like me watch the acid intake too citrus drinks and soda P.S. splenda is fantastic too tastes great!

  24. Nurse

    mo pie said:
    And that’s why you have to drink unsweetened cranberry juice if you have a UTI. Because the sugar is bad for your UTI.

    Sorry, cranberry juice does not cure a UTI. It’s to help prevent a UTI and clear your system. Just FYI.. Still a good tip to drink it though!

  25. ELouise

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/phenylalanine/AN01552

    Also read this article re: phenylalanine…it’s SAFE TO CONSUME…unless you’d like to argue with medical professionals from the MAYO CLINIC!!!

  26. ELouise

    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp

    Diet soda is perfectly safe to consume. Stop believing everything you hear!

  27. Jan

    Different Nic said:
    Did you seriously just say “wala”?[…]

    When I first read it, I thought, “what the heck kind of drink is ‘wala’?” I only got it when you mentioned it.

  28. TC

    I have noticed when I drink very sugary drinks they never satisfy me. Sugar can be dehydrating. And to think, some people drink packs of this stuff a day!

    As for cranberry juice. I like Northland. It contains no high fructose corn syrup. They sweeten it with apple juice and it is very good. Ocean Spray has also come out with a line of cranberry juices with no sugar or artificial sugar added. Both of these cranberry juices can be found in just about any grocery store. (Publix, etc) However, they do contain a lot of natural sugar, so I would drink them in moderation but they are probably a lot better than cranberry juices with added sugar.

  29. S Ellinger

    So, what ever happened to “Bolt”, twice the sugar,twice the caffine.

  30. Lesli

    any drink that has carbonation in it is bad. It causes dehydration and ionizes the blood. ALL artificial sweeteners are bad. Read the book “EXCITOTOXINS: The Taste That Kills” by Russell L. Blaylock. Equal (aspartame) is one of the most toxic artificial sweeteners out there. Splenda is right behind it. Of all the artificial sweeteners, saccarin aka: Sweet N Low, is the least toxic, but it is still not safe to consume. If you need sweeteners in your drinks, but don’t want calories and want something safe, try STEVIA. It is all natural and has no calories.

  31. Different Nic

    Did you seriously just say “wala”?

    I know, I know, this isn’t Grammar Blog”.

    Angie said:
    I am so glad that i never drank any of the drinks mentioned, the only one i did drink once was sunkist cause i wanted to see what the big thing about it was, and it was nothing. At one time for 1 year i stopped drinking soda altogether, and drank nothing but water and wala, i lost over 10 pounds maybe a little more. Drink Healthy live longer love l[…]

  32. SHER

    SODA, JUICE, AND DIET SODA IS BAD: WATER, GREEN TEA, ORGANIC MILK, OR GOOD BOTTLE OF VINO ROSSO IS GOOD.

  33. syl

    The diet products and drinks especially have harmful chemicals,so why do people avoid talking about them. diet pop is the worst thing to drink and decaf coffee.

  34. Anonymous

    I quit drinking diet drinks over five years ago. I now only drink water, Fruit 20 and Crystal Light and that is it!

  35. vicky

    So, does anybody have any idea how much sugar McD’s sweet tea has in it? I stay away from soda but think i am getting hooked on these. Somebody told me once some unbelievable amount, like a pound for a couple of gallons, but if that were true it would be too syrupy to drink. If anybody knows please email me at vmk0407@aol.com

  36. Sandra deRive

    All this info seems to coincide with the statistics that we Americans are getting sicker from our habits of over-abundance of sugar, chemicals, fats in our foods and drinks. We keep hearing about the rise in diabetes, cancer, ADHD, autism, etc, etc. It is time for all of us to wake up and go to natural and organic products, and let the corporate giants know that we are aware of what they are doing to us and put the pressure on them. Their love of money is making us sick, but we DO HAVE A CHOICE, so speak up and let them know we will no longer give them their almighty dollar at the cost of our health. So squosh your own lemons and make lemonade yourself, or put your own sugar in your iced tea, make your own shakes at home or juice your own fruit. You are at their mercy drinking what they put in your food and drinks! Do the Amish kids have all these problems? Probably not, but I have not seen any studies on them. Marilu Henner, actress, said sugar is “kiddie cocaine.” Thanks for reading my blog.

  37. Shayna Epstein

    yes we all no how bad these drinks are and how much sugar is in them.I have a three year old and i dont allow him to drown his body with these drinks.on the other hand i enjoy starbucks and soda almost everyday and im 5″7 and 130 pounds.those are the only empty calories i allow in my system.so it shouldnt matter whats on the label as much as the responsibility of the person who is buying these things.just like cigarettes and booze its not the product its the people who chose use these products and how they use them.

  38. Angie

    oh i also heard that diet sodas are worse for u than regualar soda. so u figure it out. allllll sugar even the fake sugar will kill ya

  39. Angie

    I am so glad that i never drank any of the drinks mentioned, the only one i did drink once was sunkist cause i wanted to see what the big thing about it was, and it was nothing. At one time for 1 year i stopped drinking soda altogether, and drank nothing but water and wala, i lost over 10 pounds maybe a little more. Drink Healthy live longer love longer……………….

  40. Rene Vorilas

    I am still drinking orange soda because I love it. Even though it has the most, I still love it

  41. Angie

    Anal leakage is when undigestible liquids or dissolved food products “leak” out of the anus. That was the problem with Olean. I’m pretty sure it can happen with natural liquid undigestibles too. I mean, that’s what happens with solid undigestibles, lol!

  42. Bralee

    on oprah she had her doctor on there one day and he said that over time artificial sweeteners cause anal leakage and that regular sugar is better for us because its natural.im not sure what anal leakage is but im sure i dont want any of that going on.

  43. KayB

    I bought some Lipton Green Tea, thinking it would be a good alternative, and I was shocked. One 16.9fl.oz bottle
    (the same size as a bottle of water) has, according to the label, 21g of sugar PER serving and supposedly there are two servings per bottle….that is 42g!! Who drinks only half a bottle!!?? Needless to say, I’m sticking to my water.

  44. Marlene

    Soda is not the only place you find outrageous amounts of sugar. A big gooey piece of carrot cake with icing can easily also have 20 teaspoons. And an analysis I did of Emeril’s famous Banana Cream Pie clocked in at over 1000 calories and 105 grams of carb ~ most from sugar!
    My clients try to cut back and when they really need the sweet thing use sugar subs.

    Marlene Koch RD and author of low-sugar cookbooks
    http://www.marlenekoch.com

  45. Martin

    I drink neither regular sodas or diet sodas. Water , and, admttedly, wine are my beverages of choice, but oh my G-d! Those stats are amazing. No wonder we have so many hyper kids and crazy cavity-filled adults.

  46. anne

    Laura, clinical laboratory work was my profession for over 30 years. I have never seen artificial sweeteners cause an elevated bilirubin test. In my laboratory we used to test ourselves frequently for all sorts of things. There were several HEAVY diet soda drinkers in the group and none of them EVER had an elevated bilirubin test. A “high level of toxicity” revealed by a blood test is NOT something that “almost everybody has” as your Dr stated. SMALL elevations can sometimes mean nothing, but a high elevation is something else. If you really had a high level showing, I don’t believe it could have been from artificial sweeteners. The laboratory could have made an error (it does happen unfortunately) or maybe someone used the wrong description for your result. Laboratory results also fluctuate just by the nature of the way the tests are done. The exact same blood sample can give different results on different runs. But they usually are in the same range. You could have had a result that was slightly elevated that on a second run might have shown a high normal result.

    Also maybe your body reacts different from the norm to artificial sweetener. If you really changed nothing else in your life (alcohol, etc, consumption for example) then I would question the accuracy of that blood test if in fact it showed a “high level of toxicity”. From my experience in testing my lab cohorts, those who had been partying heavy would sometimes show elevated bilirubin tests (they were not the heavy diet soda drinkers). Please don’t think that I’m assuming that’s what you were doing. I’m just trying to give as much info as possible.

    Thanks for the info on unsweetened cranberry juice. I figured it wouldn’t taste very good, but I would add Splenda (toxicity issue aside) to it. Believe it or not, I like to eat raw cranberries and would do that if I could find them all year long.

  47. anne

    Thanks ex-caffadict. We don’t have sav-a-center where I am but I can check the heath food stores. I have already checked the normal grocery stores. A couple of years ago recurring UTI’s are what got me started on drinking primarily water. I was practicallly living on antibiotics. Of course one of the Dr’s recommendations was to drink cranberry juice, but because of the calories I didn’t do it. He also said I needed to empty my bladder at least every 2 hrs and to drink at least 2 qts water/day. With that much water, I didn’t have room for much else. So I got used to nothing but water and am quite happy with that now.

    Bralee….caffeine withdrawal absolutely causes headaches. Many years ago I used to drink coffee regularly, but only 1 cup per day. When I stopped drinking it, I absolutely had the headaches. I had been warned by a friend that the headaches would come, but that they would pass in time and they did. Since I got those headaches even though I was only a 1 cup/day person, I can imagine what you must have had.

  48. Gerry

    The Faddist said:
    Graham,[
    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.]

    Um, like the cigarette companies want us alive; in other words, to the extent that we can buy their products, of course. I agree that there is no evidence that saccharine causes cancer in people, but aspertame does cause problems in sufficient amounts. It certainly did in me! I recommend reading this article, especially the part titled “Dangers in Aspertame” half way down the page. Personally, I prefer Splenda (Sucralose) or plain old saccharine (Sweet n’ Low). And one regular soft drink a day can add 10 pounds a year to your weight according to studies. Multiply that by whatever.

  49. Laura

    Unsweetened cranberry juice: I find it at Mother’s Market (in California) and at Whole Foods (nationwide).
    It doesn’t taste very good, which just goes to show how much sugar is in the other kind.