How Much Sugar Is Common in Soft Drinks and Gatorade?

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It can become a habit to reach for a soft drink during a trip to the movie theater or to sip from a bottle of Gatorade during your gym workout. Regardless of which one you prefer, these two types of drinks share a common trait: a high sugar content. Provided you aren't drinking a diet soft drink, expect to consume dozens of grams of sugar as you enjoy the refreshing drink.

More Than a Sweet Treat

A 20-fluid-ounce serving of Coca-Cola contains 65 grams of sugar; the same size serving of its competitor, Pepsi, has 69 grams of sugar. A 20-ounce bottle of Sprite contains 64 grams of sugar; Barq's Root Beer, 74 grams; and Mountain Dew, 77. Diet versions of sodas do not contain sugar. Regardless of their flavor, 20-ounce bottles of Gatorade have 34 grams of sugar. The G2 variety, which contains sugar and artificial sweeteners, has 12 grams of sugar in the same size bottle.

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