Fruit, though sweet, is an important part of a healthy diet. At the other end of the sugar spectrum is soda. It’s devoid of nutrients and so acidic that it erodes tooth enamel. Cherry Coke is one of the most acidic drinks, registering in with a pH of 2.5. To put that into perspective, battery acid has a pH of 1.0. Drinking water, on the other hand, is a neutral 7.0.
Beyond erosive acidity, soda is a high fructose corn syrup bomb that spikes blood sugar within 20 minutes. This results in a massive insulin release into the blood stream, causing the liver to convert much of the sugar you just drank straight into fat.
How much sugar is in a soda? One 20 oz. Dr. Pepper has 64 grams. Next time you order a Venti coffee at Starbucks, imagine adding 64 sugar packets. That’s how much sugar is in a Dr.P. Just say no.
For more mindboggling stats about soda, including how much of it Americans consume each year, check out the infographic below, created by Peter Kim.