Here’s how they stack up sugar-wise (for their 1-serving size – which isn’t an actual cereal bowl full):
Here’s what that actually looks like in our breakfast (measured out to our normal cereal-bowl size of cereal):
How Much Sugar is in Honey Nut Cheerios?
Honey nut cheerios is pretty well-known for marketing themselves as a healthier company for breakfast cereals (and we did find that normal Honey Nut Cheerios were pretty low in sugar).
But come on… can help lower cholesterol?
You know what else can help me lower my cholesterol? Not being an idiot and stuffing my face with Lucky Charms (sorry guys).
Here’s their “serving size” of cheerios:
Here’s how much sugar is in their serving size:
Here’s them compared to my actual serving size:
How Much Sugar is Really in Your Soda?
Everyone knows that soda has a lot of sugar in it.
Personally, I never realized that it actually had this much sugar.
Throughout this entire experiment with figuring out how much sugar was actually in things, I was surprised to find that soda actually had the most sugar of anything I could find in the market. Even more than candy.
And the problem with soda is that since it’s a liquid (and really has no fiber), it goes down much easier than just trying to each this much sugar in something solid like cookies or candy.
How Much Sugar Is in Coke & Coca Cola?
How Much Sugar is Really in Pepsi?
Here’s what the pepsi sugar content looks like, visually:
How Much Sugar is Really in Sprite?
By now, you’re probably spotting a trend: most soft drinks have predictable amounts of sugar in them – around 60-70 grams of sugar, which works out to 30-35 sugar cubes, per drink.
When you think about directly eating that many sugar cubes, now it makes sense why drinking soda is so addictive.
How Much Sugar is Really in Mountain Dew?
The queezy-tasting Mountain Dew used to be my favorite as a kid.
These days, it’s the winner for the soft drink with the most sugar in it out of any of the soft drinks we ended up finding.
How Much Sugar is Really In Redbull & Energy Drinks?
As someone who doesn’t drink energy drinks (I’ve never had Monster in my life), I always assumed they were just loaded with caffeine, a bit of sugar, and some vitamins.
But here’s what a standard-size redbull that I bought at a convenience store has as far as sugar goes:
How Much Sugar is Really in Monster?
Monster ended up having 26 sugar cubes worth of sugar in the drink.
How Much Sugar is Really in Snapple?
Snapple was a bit surprising to me, I guess because it’s marketed as being from the “best stuff on earth,” but also because the front of the bottle is always stamped with “all natural.”
Well, I guess technically sugar is all natural, but I would count this as deceptive advertising.
In the Snapple bottle, there was 24 sugar cubes worth of sugar.
(And yes, there’s added sugar in Snapple, beyond whatever little fruit juice or tea there actually is).
How Much Sugar Is In My Favorite Childhood Candies?
Candy obviously is basically entirely sugar, but some of these candies had so much sugar that if we laid them side by side, they’d literally be the same size.
… Which makes you wonder, where do they fit the gram crackers, wafer, and other stuff?
How Much Sugar Is In Snickers?
The snickers bar worked out to be 14 sugar cubes.
How Much Sugar Is In Milky Way Bars?
The Milky Way bars turned out to be 15 sugar cubes.
How Much Sugar Is In Three Musketeers?
Of all the candy bars we tested, the “3 musketeers” was the worst, with 18 sugar cubes.
How Much Sugar Is In Peanut M & Ms?
For one serving of the peanut M & Ms, it came out to be 11 sugar cubes, surprisingly high for a small handful (where are the peanuts, then?).
How Much Sugar Is In Twix Bars?
This was a larger Twix packet, so we decided to just use two of the bars.
The two bars come out to 11 sugar cubes worth of sugar.
How Much Sugar Is In Starbucks, Pastries and some Doughtnuts?
Well, the next stop was my local Starbucks, since I rarely see anything as sugared up as the teenage girls drinking vanilla frappuccinos.
Here’s what I found there too.
How Much Sugar Is In Starbucks’ Vanilla Frappuccino?
Hailed by teenage, young white girls as “omg, like delicious!” all across the land, the Starbucks vanilla frappucino is basically ice cream (and is delicious).
In case you were wondering, yes it’s about the calories of some lunch meals, and there’s around 30 (!) sugar cubes worth of sugar in it.
Here’s what that looks like.
Each one of those stacks (there are four) is at least five sugar cubes.
Starbucks Coffee Cake – How Much Sugar?
How Much Sugar is in Random Things It Shouldn’t Be In?
This little home experiment taught me something else that’s extremely interesting: sugar is literally added to almost anything to make it taste better, ranging from crackers to breads, to already sweet fruit juices, and everything in between (like Bacon).
This surprised me quite a lot, but it also doesn’t surprise me because of how much sugar changes the flavor of things.
Here’s what I found.
A Random Store-Brand 12 Grain Bread – Here’s How Much Sugar
Two slices of this “healthy, 12-grain” bread has three cubes of sugar.
In this case, when I read the label, it was added sugar from high fructose corn syrup.
Thomas English Muffins – Here’s How Much Sugar is in It
My two breakfast muffins had the equivalent of one sugar cube in them.
Tomato Sauce – Here’s How Much Sugar is in It
This one was particularly interesting. Store brand tomato sauce had seven (7!) sugar cubes worth of sugar in it. (And yes, it’s often added sugar, just like in bread).
Ritz Crackers – How Much Sugar is in It?
My childhood favorite Ritz crackers – the deadly duo of sugar and salt – had around one sugar cube per serving size.
Ritz Bitz – How Much Sugar is In It?
Ritz bitz, my even-more-favorite childhood snack worked out to two sugar cubes per serving size.
What to Take Away Here
There were some things that surprised me a lot here.
First – Just how much sugar is really in soda. We all know that soda is “virtually just liquid sugar,” but it wasn’t until I saw how many sugar cubes it took us (and the fact that we could’ve built a sand castle with them), that it really stuck with me.
Second – The foods that have sugar that I didn’t expect to have sugar. For example, bread, tomato sauce, and just normal crackers I would snack on.
Third – That sugar is in virtually everything. Pizza sauce, crackers, bread, bacon (like brown sugar), and many other things.
I don’t expect you to quit sugar, and I don’t expect to quit sugar any time soon.
Having said that, sometimes we just need to see something from a different perspective before things can really “click” and change our habits for the better.
If you focus on more of the right “what,” it’s actually pretty hard to overeat.
What are your thoughts on this?
Images: Dougnuts – freedigitalphotos.net; All other images copyright @ 2016 Alexander Heyne.
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