Everyone can identify a red can of Coca-Cola. The relatively simple soda has an incredible presence across the planet, and it represents an insanely large amount of money constantly exchanging hands: In 2014, Coca-Cola spent $3.499 billion on advertising spending alone. We wouldn’t be surprised if “Coke” was the first word spoken by children unfortunate enough to be born in a food desert. What’s so incredibly surprising to the health-conscious about Coke, though, is why people still drink it.
A single, 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola contains no fat and no protein. Its 140 calories come from a whopping 39 grams of pure sugar. With the way that food companies are legally allowed to list their nutrition facts, this calorie count is, in fact, low. At four calories per gram of carbohydrates, a can of Coke really has 156 calories. That’s 156 calories coming from nothing but sugar. Why the heck does anyone let him or herself consume this stuff?
Regardless of our notions on what is and isn’t healthy, 39 grams of sugar is 39 grams of sugar. Thus, we’ve compiled a list of foods and drinks that have just as much sugar as a can of Coca-Cola. Have fun, folks: This list may be more frightening for some than others.
Caramelized Honey Latte
A Caramelized Honey Latte from Starbucks not only has as much sugar as a can of Coke, but, in fact, it has more. This espresso, milk, and honey sauce blend contains an astounding 45 grams of sugar.
Classic Chocolate Frosty®
Pick your poison here folks: A Jr. Classic Chocolate Frosty® has 27 grams of sugar and a small, the next size up, has 46. In terms of sugar content, these Wendy’s treats bookend a can of Coca-Cola.
Trader Joe’s Molten Macaroons come in two flavors: Salted Butterscotch and plain old Chocolate. Salted Butterscotch contains 43 grams of sugar per macaroon, and Chocolate comes in at 39 grams of sugar. Just as good (bad?) as a can of Coke!
Sugar Cube Comparison
We thought it may be enlightening to discuss the amount of sugar in a can of Coke as represented by sugar cubes. A sugar cube usually has four grams of sugar, meaning that nearly 10 sugar cubes are in one can of this popular beverage.
Tazo® Bottled Tazoberry
Tea is healthy, right? Not this tea, as it comes in at 37 grams of sugar, just two grams shy of a can of Coca-Cola.