How Much Sugar are You Drinking?

How much Sugar is in the beverages that you drink? The answers may surprise you!

How much sugar is in these common drinks?

1. Capri Sun Juice Pouch – 4.5 tsp.
2. Coca-Cola (12 oz) – 9 1/2 tsp.(12oz) 9 1/2 tsp
3. Mountain Dew (20 oz) – 19.25 tsp.(10 oz) 9.6 tsp.
4. Sprite (20 oz) – 16 tsp.(10 oz) 8 tsp.
5. Vitamin Water (20 oz) – 8.25 tsp.(8oz) 3 1/2 tsp.
6. Arizona Lemon Iced Tea (24 oz) – 8.25 tsp.(8oz) 6 tsp.
7. Snapple Lemon Iced Tea (16 oz) – 14 1/2 tsp.(8oz) 5 1/2 tsp.
8. Minute Maid Lemonade (20 oz) – 16 1/2 tsp.(8oz) 6 1/2 tsp.
9. Minute Maid Orange Juice (16 oz) – 12 tsp.(8oz) 6 tsp.
10. Apple juice (16 oz) – 13 tsp.(8oz) 6 1/2 tsp.

Check out these surprising comparisons!

The sugar in …

a 20 0z Coke or Pepsi = 5 Little Debbie Swiss Rolls!

a 15.2 oz bottle of Minute Maid Apple Juice = 10 Oreos!

a 16 oz bottle of Sunny D = 6 Oreos!

a 23 oz can of Arizona Green Iced Tea = 20 Hershey Kisses!

a 20 oz bottle of Lipton Iced Tea = 12 Hershey Kisses!

an 8 oz glass of skim milk = 4 Starbursts!

and the biggest surprise for us? see below!

a 16 oz Starbucks Iced grand Latte w 2% milk = 2.5 Krispy Kreme Donuts!

a 16oz Dunkin Donuts Iced Caramel Latte = 3.5 Krispy Kreme Donuts!

Sugar + Plaque = Decay

Drinking sweetened beverages has become a daily habit for a growing number of people, especially kids, teens and young adults. A steady consumption of soft drinks is one of the leading causes of tooth decay.

Sip all day, get decay … Sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. Each attack lasts about 20 minutes and starts over with every sip of soda you take.

You can avoid tooth decay and other health problems that arise from drinking too many soft drinks, other carbonated beverages, sports drinks, iced and sweet teas and other sweetened liquids (like fruit juices). Do not sip on these beverages over a period of time. Instead drink with a meal. Drink water in between meals.

Limiting your intake, brushing and flossing twice a day and visiting us regularly will reduce your risk of tooth decay improve and/or maintain your oral health. We are always here to answer questions because we want to help you keep your smile for a lifetime!

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