Sugar in Drinks

A comprehensive list of sugar content in soda and energy drinks.

Where the sugar level is zero – the product is most likely sweetened with an artificial sweetener (such as aspartame, splenda, acesulfame potassium, or stevia).

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Too Much Sugar in Beverages

Compiling this list surprised us – the most sugar filled drinks are not what you think they are.

In a number of cases the level of sugar is outrageous and provides ample evidence as to why soft drinks play such a crucial role in addressing obesity.

Some drinks and juices have as much sugar as several Snickers candy bars and are definitely contributing to the obesity and type 2 diabetes crisis the western world is experiencing.

It is estimated that the average American consumes around 150 pounds of refined sugars a year. src.


Sugar Health Concerns

Too much refined sugar in the diet is linked to many adverse health conditions. The American Heart Association tells consumers to have no more than 6 teaspoons or 24 grams (women) or 9 teaspoons or 36 grams (men) of refined sugars each day.

Since many are having 4 times that amount, they are also reaping the health consequences of consuming too much sugar in drinks and other foods. Some of those include:

  1. Obesity
  2. Type 2 Diabetes
  3. Heart disease
  4. Cancer
  5. Gum Disease
  6. Tooth decay

Americans may be starting to get the message about the dangers of sugar consumption. A recent study found that it is actually on the decrease for the first time in many decades.

Americans consumed 16.8% of their calories from refined sugars between 1999-2004, but between 2005-20010 this amount decreased to 14.9%.

The also corresponds to the decline in soda sales over the same time period. Hopefully people are getting the message and consuming drinks with less sugar and more plain water.

Another recent study out of Maquarie University showed that sugar and caffeine when combined and fed to rats produced lasting changes to brain chemistry. This could allude to how sugary sodas and energy drinks could possibly affect human brains.

What You Need to Know

Why is so much sugar placed in drinks?

  • Caffeine is bitter. Most people address this by adding sugar to caffeinated beverages.
  • Straight coffee (no milk, no sugar) is zero calorie and sugar-free, but bitter so it is sweetened to improve flavor.
  • Energy Drinks contain lots of sugar, particularly those that are juice/soda combinations.  Rockstar Juiced and Punched are very high in sugar.
  • A typical 16 fl oz energy drink contains around 50-60 grams of sugar. This is about 10-12 teaspoons of sugar.


  • Philip Keyter

    Please add Tonic Water to your list – otherwise well done!

  • Claudia Crawn

    I love your site … the 0 in sugar column for diet sodas might mislead some people … aspartame is equally vile if not worse … taken from
    Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilipsy/seizures. Further, when aspartame is stored for long periods of time or kept in warm areas it changes to methanol, an alcohol that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens.

  • john

    Shut up the aspartamine hippie. Everything has side affects if you have too much of it or if you’re dying. But fatness kills painfully and slowly, and it’s painfull for the rest of us to see fat people.

  • Dave

    OK, you’re missing my favorite drink but it’s only available in KY, IN, and OH. Try Ale 8 1 (A late one). One of those will keep you awake for a while and they are actually pretty good, particularly for a hangover.

  • Art

    Thank you energy fiend,
    I hope the search engine recognize the importance of this information on the contents of sugar in drinks.

  • Nutri Doc

    Obesity kills. True. That is typically due to an overconsumption of sugar, which pervades American foods. Aspartame is no substitute for High Fructose Corn Syrup, the primary and most dangerous sweetener, used too liberally by the food industries in the USA. Using aspartame or any other artificial sweetener will only shift health problems elsewhere. Sugar is undeniably the most difficult “habit” to drop.

  • BKD

    Wow, very informative site…. I like it.
    Another drink missing is Soda Water… could you add it to the list?
    Who knew that “Canada Dry” was a fave Tonic Water in the USA. Here in Canada, Schweppes, Canada Dry and any house brand will do. I love Schweppes, but will need to re-think it will all that sugar involved. Diet I guess, may be a way to go. Hopefully there won’t be aspartime, but agree, the more you drink the more harmfull “it could be”.

    Check this article:

    Do you have a chart on Sodium (salt) content? This is always another health concern.

    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  • Alex

    Please add all SOBE drinks.

  • kate

    thanks guys so much! i’m doing a science fair project about how differnt energy drinks affect your blood pressure/heart rate, and all the data you have has really helped out a lot! thanks so much guys! keep up the great work!

  • Bill

    Thanks for this. Now all you need to do is quote your sources for all this research.

  • Caffeine Fiend

    @Bill – see source reference here.

  • Bill

    Thanks. I stand corrected. Good on you.

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  • Nathan

    my friend is probly gonna die of heart problems from 2 much monster. hes obbsessed with the stuff.

  • Spryte

    Hah, As of late I can handle two monsters, two upshot, A wired and still need more at the end of the day

  • J

    What about club soda?

  • Laurence

    Hmm… This site is really interesting. A bit strange, but has really good web design.

  • Sarah

    I recently heard on the news that Vitamin water contains ungodly amounts of sugar and is misleadingly healthy. Could you add Vitamin water (specifiaclly Energy) to your list?

  • Elisa

    This is a great list to pass on to people who will not believe it until they see it in black and white on a page such as this. There is one misssing that I sure would like to know more about. The name of it is Powerade bottled by the coca-cola company out of Atlanta, Georgia. A friend of mine has been trying to diet and drinks this all the time and is unable to lose the weight. Thought it would be great if it were on your list.

  • Sharon

    What about ginger ale? I’ve tried to replace my Pepsi thirst with iced tea, but miss the ‘fizz’ – thought ginger ale might be a better substitute.