They’re touted for their health benefits, yet many supposedly salutary beverages are loaded with natural or added sugars to make them tasty — even irresistible. The USDA recommends adults limit their daily sugar intake to about 50 to 75 grams. Others recommend less: The World Health Organization advises no more than 25 to 38 grams (4.2 grams is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar).
So, just how much total sugar are you getting along with any benefits in your favorite “healthy” drinks? Take a look at the following popular beverages.
6–10 grams in an 8-oz. serving (most bottles contain two servings)
21–24 grams in an 8-oz. serving
22–28 grams in an 8-oz. serving (most bottles contain two servings)
Flavored “Nutritional” Water
27 grams in a 20-oz. serving
24–32 grams in a 12-oz. serving
34 grams in a 20-oz. serving
43–54 grams in a 15.2-oz. serving
This article originally appeared as “Sugar in Your “Healthy” Drink” in the April 2021 issue of Experience Life.