Talk about sugar shock! We kept hearing about sugar in soda. So, out of curiosity, we did the math.
A typical 12-ounce can of regular soda lists 40 grams of sugar. Assume two cans of soda a day, and you have:
40g x 2 cans/day = 80g x 31 days = 2,480 grams, or 2.48 kilos, or 5.46 pounds of sugar a month
How about a year? A year of all-nighters, game days, road trips and other more-than-two-sodas-a-day occasions? Yikes!
How to cut down, then? You could switch to diet soda, which replaces sugar with a chemical sweetener such as aspartame.
Or, you could make your own soda with SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops®, which use stevia, a natural sweetener (unlike aspartame) with no calories or carbs and all the award-winning great taste with no bitter aftertaste. We make 20 flavors of Sweet Drops, including Cola. Our Soda flavor pack includes on-the-go of Cola, Grape and Root Beer in one box.
Here’s a good starter recipe that you can adjust to your taste, with your choice of flavored Sweet Drops:
- 8 oz. sparkling water
- 5-8 drops SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops®
Mix and enjoy a tasty 8-ounce soda with NO sugar! (Keep in mind that Sweet Drops are clear liquids, so if you use Cola Sweet Drops, it will taste like a cola, but look like sparkling water!)
Another bonus for making your own sugar-free soda: You’re keeping 60 cans/bottles a month out of landfills!
If you’ve made Sweet Drops soda, or created a unique flavor using a blend (such as Lemon Drop with Cola), let us know in the comments!
P.S.: Balancing your soda habit with healthy food? Go for it – but check the label. Plenty of foods that we don’t think of as sweet contain sugar: Ketchup, salad dressing, BBQ or spaghetti sauce. Even explicitly (expensively!) “healthy” foods – such as diet or 100-calorie items, low-fat yogurt, and energy bars – often pack serious sugar.