If anyone ever tries to convince you that soda is actually good for you, don’t believe them. Not only does it have no nutritional value, it’s also absolutely loaded with sugar. We can save the debate on caffeine and the reputed ill effects of consuming too much artificially sweetened diet sodas for another day; for now let’s just take a look at the five sodas that contain the most sugar per 12-ounce can. As a reference point, keep in mind that one standard packet of sugar, one teaspoon’s worth, contains only 4 grams of sugar. Here goes nothing:
One can of Pepsi contains 150 calories and 41 grams of sugar. Pepsi actually contains more sugar than Coke, which clocks in at 39 grams of sugar.
#4 Wild Cherry Pepsi
This Pepsi offshoot contains 160 calories and 42 grams of sugar.
#3 Orange Fanta
Orange soda generally contains a lot more sugar than regular cola; Orange Fanta contains 160 calories and 44 grams of sugar per can.
#2 Mountain Dew
If you really want to “do the Dew,” you’ll need to consume 170 calories and 46 grams of sugar, about 3.8 tablespoons’ worth.
#1 Mello Yello
Mello Yello is similar to Mountain Dew, especially in its insanely high sugar count. In fact, it contains more sugar than just about every other soda on the market: 47 grams, along with 170 calories.