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How to Find the Added Sugars

A 20-ounce bottle of soda could have the same amount of sugar as 16 chocolate mini doughnuts. You wouldn’t want your children to eat that much sugar. So why let them drink it? The amount of added sugar in drinks can be alarming. That’s why it's important to always check the back of the bottle. Read the list of ingredients and the nutrition facts label to see how much sugar is in your drink.


The first few ingredients listed are the ones that appear in the largest amounts. If sugar or a sweetener is listed as one of the first three ingredients, the drink is loaded with sugar.


Sugar goes by many names, including:

  • Agave Nectar
  • Barley malt
  • Cane sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Fruit nectar
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Glucose-fructose syrup
  • Honey
  • Maltose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Sucrose
Sugar Calculator
Enter the grams of sugar and servings per container listed on the nutrition label of your drink to see how many teaspoons of sugar and calories from sugar it contains. Every four grams of added sugar equals one teaspoon of added sugar.
 

(4 Grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar)

Follow these steps:
Divide the total grams of sugar listed on a nutrition facts label by 4.

(4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon of sugar)

For example:
A sugary drink can have 65 grams of sugar in one serving.
1. 65 grams of sugar ÷ 4 = 16 ¼ teaspoons of sugar in one serving

Many store-bought drinks contain more than one serving. If you drink the entire container, you’ll need to multiply the grams of sugar in one serving by the total number of servings in the container to calculate the total grams of sugar. Then, divide total grams of sugar by 4 to get the total number of teaspoons of added sugar in the drink.

For example:
A bottle of a sugary drink has 2 servings, and each serving contains 32 grams of sugar.
1. 2 servings x 32 grams of sugar per serving = 64 total grams of sugar
2. 64 total grams of sugar ÷ 4 = 16 total teaspoons of sugar in the entire drink

The Play Every Day campaign acknowledges the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services for sharing content and images used on the Choose Healthy Drinks website.