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List of the Sugar Content of Various Soft Drinks

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Kelsey Casselbury has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State-University Park and formal education in fitness and nutrition. Collins is an experienced blogger, editor and designer, who specializes in nutrition, fitness, weddings, food and parenting topics. She has been published in association and consumer publications, along with daily newspapers such as The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.)
List of the Sugar Content of Various Soft Drinks
Lemonade falls into the category of soft drinks. Photo Credit Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Getty Images

The term "soft drink" refers to more than just sodas -- it also encompasses any beverage with added sugars or sweeteners, including fruit punch, lemonade, sweetened teas, sports drinks and energy drinks. For optimal health, you should keep your added sugar consumption to less than 10 percent of your daily calories -- that's 200 calories on a 2,000-calorie diet -- but it can be tricky when a soft drink can contain 10 teaspoons of sugar or more per serving.

Sodas

Sugar
Sugar

The sugar content of sodas ranges from around 32 grams in 12 ounces of certain ginger ales to nearly 40 grams in some colas. Every 4 grams equals 1 teaspoon of sugar. A lemon-lime soda may ring in at 38 grams of sugar while root beer may contain 39 grams per 12 ounces. The amount of sugar in sodas varies by brand.

Fruit Juices, Teas and Other Soft Drinks

Fruit punch
Fruit punch

Fruit punch, iced tea and lemonade might seem like healthier choices than sodas, but that's not always the case. Fruit punches contain the least amount of sugar at 25 grams per 12 ounces, but some lemon-flavored iced teas have 32 grams and lemonades made from concentrate contain 37 grams. When you're trying to perk yourself up or replenish after sports, choose carefully: Energy drinks contain around 49.5 grams of sugar, while sports drinks have a modest 19 grams.

Diet Soda

Diet soda
Diet soda

Diet sodas do not contain any sugar, but they do contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.

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