Sugary Drinks: The 9 Worst Offenders.

As Americans, we love our sweets. And while we’re advised to limit our daily intake to a fairly generous 36 grams (or nine teaspoons) of sugar per day, too many of us are consuming far more than that. New York City’s mayor recently attempted to curb the amount of sugar in our diets by limiting the size of the soft drinks New Yorkers can buy, but unfortunately these sugary soft drinks are just the tip of the iceberg.

All of these commonly consumed drinks, including some of the “healthier” options, have more than the recommended daily allowance for sugar.

Mountain Dew

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For the sake of comparison, let’s start by looking at the most sugary soft drinks . In a 20 ounce can of Mountain Dew, there are 77 grams of sugar. That is just over twice the recommended daily allowance.

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Since it is considered to be one of the healthier beverage options available, people feel free to drink it at will. Unfortunately, it’s not as healthy as we like to think: a 20 ounce bottle contains 32 grams of sugar, your full daily allowance.

Minute Maid Lemonade

Yet another beverage with a healthy connotation, Minute Maid Lemonade contains 67.5 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce bottle; that’s the equivalent of 16 sugar cubes. There’s almost as much sugar as there is in a can of Mountain Dew!

SoBe Energize Green Tea

We’re encouraged to drink more green tea for its proven health benefits, but you probably want to get it from another source. A 20 ounce bottle has 51 grams of sugar, more than enough to outweigh the health benefits of the tea. You’re better off making your own.

Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

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Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate when it’s cold outside? However, this delicious treat from Starbucks contains 76 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce (Venti) beverage.

Rockstar Energy Drink

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Energy drinks are wildly popular these days, but most people don’t know that besides providing a caffeine kick, they also provide a sugar overload: 62 grams of sugar per 16 ounce can! Consume wisely!

Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with Whipped Cream

This special holiday drink is definitely a crowd-pleaser, but it isn’t doing our health any favors. In a 20 ounce Venti beverage, there are 94 grams of sugar.

McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake

The soda pop sold at McDonald’s has nothing on this chocolate shake. Each 32 ounce (large) shake contains 168 grams of sugar. That’s 40 sugar cubes, or the equivalent of the sugar content of 6 chocolate bars!

Cold Stone Peanut Butter and Chocolate Shake

We’ve saved the best (or, in this case, the worst) for last. This chocolate peanut butter shake is seen as more of an indulgence than the other beverages listed, and that’s definitely a good thing. A 24 ounce shake contains a whopping 124 grams of sugar! The calorie count is also astronomically high at 1,750 calories, making it a beverage to avoid if you have any concern for your health and your weight.

Of course, all these sugary drinks aren’t doing your teeth any good either. Regular dental checkups are even more important if you consume these or any others on a regular basis.






Jillian Chamberlain is a native New Yorker and splits her time between freelance work for health and wellness blogs and her job as a dental assistant. All too often, patients come in with cavities caused by too much sugar. This both troubles her and encourages her to continue a strong dental regimen. She consults the dental blog of Boston Dental Group for tips on keeping a healthy mouth. 

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