Here are a series of slides that "compare the amount of sugar found in some of America's top-selling beverages -- according to Beverage Industry magazine's 2013 State of the Industry Report -- to the sugar found in common sugary snacks."
"The World Health Organization recently proposed new guidelines that recommend consuming less than 5% of our total daily calories from added sugars. For an adult at a normal body mass index, or BMI, 5% would be around 25 grams of sugar -- or six (6) teaspoons."
Some of the side-by-side comparisions include:
1. Soda: Coca-Cola.
"A 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola Classic contains 65 grams of sugar, which is the same amount of sugar found in five Little Debbie Swiss Rolls."
2. Juice: Minute Maid 100% Apple Juice.
This 15.2-ounce bottle contains 49 grams of sugar, which is about the amount of sugar in 10 Oreos.
"Sugar occurs naturally in fruit, but natural sugar isn't any different in chemical structure from what most people refer to as added sugar. The body processes both the same way. One benefit of eating whole fruit is the fiber that helps slow absorption; that fiber is generally lost in the juice-making process."
3. Tea: Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng & Honey.
"A 23-ounce can of Arizona Green Tea contains 51 grams of sugar, which is about the same as can be found in 20 Hershey's Kisses."
4. Energy drink: Red Bull.
"Three-quarters of a cup of generic brand frosted flakes contains about 11 grams of sugar. This 16-ounce can of Red Bull has 52 grams of sugar."
5. Sports drink: Gatorade Thirst Quencher Cool Blue.
"This 32-ounce Gatorade bottle has 56 grams of sugar, the same that can be found in approximately five Reese's Peanut Butter Cups."
6. Iced coffee: Starbucks Iced Flavored Latte.
"A Grande Starbucks Iced Flavored Latte with 2% milk and your choice of syrup has about 28 grams of sugar. The same amount of sugar is in 2.5 Krispy Kreme donuts."
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