Drinking beverages high in sugars and acids not only affects your oral health, but your general health as well. In addition to tooth decay and cavities, sugar-sweetened beverages (SBB) can also result in other health risks including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

SBBs can “camouflage” sugar by disguising it in liquid and then hiding it in a bottle or can. You can’t see the sugar, so it is difficult to measure it.

At Glenroy Dental Group, we thought we’re making it easier for you by expressing this sugar in teaspoons and grams, measurements that we all understand!

Soft Drinks – Everyone knows these contain sugar, but that amount varies. A 355 ml can of Coca-Cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar (39 grams), while a Mountain Dew has over 11 (47 grams).

Energy Drinks – These “pep” drinks not only contain chemicals to perk you up, but they also contain sugar. Red Bull (245 ml) contains 7 teaspoons (27 grams), while the larger Rockstar (473 ml) has a whopping 15 teaspoons (62 grams)

Fountain Drinks – These are big! A 7-11 Big Gulp has 32 teaspoons of sugar (91 grams), while a Super Big Gulp has an appalling 40 teaspoons (146 grams)!

Fruit Juice – Fruit juice has more sugar than you might think. Golden Circle Tropical (591 ml) has 17 teaspoons (70 grams) and Snapple Lemon Iced Tea (473 ml). Even Orange Juice (591 ml) contains a surprising 12 teaspoons (48 grams)!

Milk Drinks – We think of milk as healthy, but it does contain sugar. Chocolate Milk (473 ml) contains 16 teaspoons (58 grams), while the “healthy” alternative, Vitasoy (240 ml) contains an unexpected 4.5 teaspoons (48 grams) of sugar!

The Glenroy Dental Group asks you to “think about what you drink!” And try to choose healthier alternatives to sugar-laden drinks. Choose to stay healthy and live well!

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