How much SUGAR is in your drink?

How much SUGAR is in your drink?
Hannah Corpuz, MD and Jerico B. Gutierrez, MD

That Mary Poppins song never gets old: “Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down…”. But do we really know how much sugar is ALREADY IN the usual drinks we consume from our sari-sari or convenience stores? Here’s a quick guide for you.

The number of tablespoons beside each beverages represents the amount of sugar it has. 1 tablespoon of sugar is equivalent to 12.5 grams of sugar.

Gatorade 355 ml
52.5 g

Cobra Energy Drink 240 ml
46 g

Minute Maid Pulpy Orange 330 ml
35.5 g

Regular Coke in Can 330 ml
34.5 g

Lipton Lemon Iced Tea 500 ml
33.75 g

Kopiko 78o Iced Coffee 330 ml
24 g

Fit ‘n Right Active Isotonic Drink 500 ml
24 g

Del Monte Unsweetened Pineapple Juice 240 ml
22 g

C2 Flavored Green Tea 330 ml
22 g

Zesto Fruit Juice 200 ml
20 g

Nestle Chuckie Chocolate Drink 180 mg
20 g

Fit ‘n Right Low Calorie Pineapple Orange 330 ml
3 g

Coke Zero in Can 330 ml
0 g

Coke Light in Can 330 ml
0 g


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