First, a little personal anecdote: When I started working at a startup and found myself with 24/7 access to microkitchens overflowing with food and beverage options, I drank Vitamin Water with a vengeance — thinking to myself that it was healthy, and never thinking to look at the label. I could go through 5 of those in a day, easy! Months later, I realized that “Vitamin Water”, despite its seemingly healthy name, is nearly as sugary as Coca-Cola and stopped my drinking habit.
According to many studies, sugary drinks are one of the major factors of the current obesity epidemic. They are both a significant source of additional calories (and the super-sized drinks at fast food joints don’t help) and the high sugar content in them makes our metabolism worse. But to the unaware, they can seem so harmless. And how many of us read the label of our drinks?
One of our favorite sites is SugarStacks, which shows you how many sugar cubes are equivalent to the sugar content of soda (and other foods). We were inspired by them to make our own take on the visualization: What’s in your drink? We picked some of the most common drinks and show you how much sugar is them, in terms of sugar cubes, carrots, strawberries, and dark chocolate squares. You’d have to eat 69 strawberries to equal the amount of sugar in a Coke (and you’d get a whole lot more antioxidants from them, too)!
As you can see, a lot of the drinks in the fridges today are pretty bad for you — but luckily, there are also a bunch of options these days that are pretty good for you, too. You can try Hint Fizz, a sugar-free soda with fruit essence, or the unsweetened teas from Honest Tea, or Zevia, stevia-sweetened sodas. Or just stick a slice of cucumber and lemon in your water. So, what’s in your drink?