3 Drinks That Have Way More Sugar Than You Think:
Orange Juice – 24g (6 teaspoons) of sugar per 8 oz. serving
An orange only contains about 2 oz. of juice, meaning a small 8 oz. glass of orange juice has the equivalent of 4 oranges. So eating an orange with your breakfast makes sense but downing a glass of orange juice is actually 4 times the sugar. Plus, like all citrus juices, orange juice is acidic.
Sports Drinks – 14g (3.5 teaspoons) of sugar per 8 oz. serving
Sports drinks like Gatorade are touted as being a healthy option for anyone who engages in strenuous exercise, while 14g of sugar per 8 oz. serving may not seem like a lot, a regular bottle is 32 oz., meaning if you finish the bottle you’re actually consuming 56g of sugar!
Iced Tea – 24g (6 teaspoons) of sugar per 8 oz. serving
Obviously, on its own, tea doesn’t contain any sugar the trouble is that iced teas are marketed these days as natural and healthy, and you can easily overlook how much sugar they contain. For example, Arizona Iced Tea contains 24g of sugar per serving and Snapple Lemon Iced Tea contains 23g. The good news is there are unsweetened varieties and you can always make your own so you can control the amount of sugar yourself.
In a dentist‘s fantasy world, all our patients would avoid sugary drinks completely, but we know that’s not realistic. After all, our ultimate job is protecting your smile!