A clear visual can be very helpful to quantify amounts. When it comes to reading the label, it is not easy to visualize how much is actually 23 grams of sugar.
To make it even harder, food and drink labels in the US do not provide the percentage of sugar found on the daily recommended allowance column. On the label, it is the only entry not to show the percentage.
The government and the industry are not transparent about sugar quantities, which is very dubious. They make it difficult for us to know exactly how much sugar is found in a product, so we keep buying the product blindly.
If we could see how much sugar we are really consuming in one serving, we would probably make the conscious choice of stopping ourselves before too much. It is not in their interest for us to be clear about it, because we would likely buy less, and their profits would be affected.
So here's a visual of some common energy drinks available out there. This is to give a visual of just how much sugar comes in one bottle. Take a mental snapshot of this, and remember it the next time you are facing a sugary drink.
'Energy' drinks? Yeah right!
These so-called energy drinks are more sugar than anything else. These sugar drinks elevate the amount of sugar in the blood, which lead to a very rapid increase in energy, always followed by an unpleasant crash. This process quickly becomes a cycle of energy up-and-down's which tires and taxes the body even more. Energy drinks do not provide a sustainable source of energy, they are a stressor to the body.
Too much sugar is clearly not good. Sugar is a powerful substance and its effects are many. It weakens the immune system, it feeds cancer, it can make you age a lot faster, it will make you fatter, hungrier, maybe moodier, and perhaps you get addicted.
Reduce or even better, eliminate artificial sugary drinks. It's good riddance. It's crucial that we rethink our drink, that we drink fluids that actually help the body instead of get in it's way.
Enjoy these fluids of vitality:
- Water with a generous squeeze of lemon. Cold or warm.
- A green juice (mixed with a tablespoon of chia seeds).
- A superfood smoothie
- Herbal and non-caffeine teas like roiboos, verbena, chamomile, ginger, mint...
- Caffeinated options include matcha, chai tea, green tea, black tea and yerba mate.
- Coconut water - nature's energy drink.
- Kombucha, kefir or other fermented drinks.
- Bone broth for a deeply nourishing hot drink.
- Or try this turmeric tonic.
Not-so-fun fact: One coke a day consumed for one year would mean eating 50 lbs / 23 kg of sugar, per year, per person. CRAZY!
Did you know these drinks had that many sugar cubes? Do you drink any of these? Are you hooked?
Do you know anyone else who drinks them, who might find this post helpful? If you do please, pass it along and help that friend :)