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Sugar content

Below is a picture of a pepsi bottle. It is exactly 12 fluid ounces, which is the same size as a can of pepsi.

The label clearly states that there is 41 grams of sugar in the product.

This is what 41 grams of sugar looks like in comparison to the bottle. If that still does not gross you out – it is roughly equivalent to 1/4 cup or 6 & 1/2 teaspoonfuls.

And just to compare other commonly consumed sodas…
Minute Maid Orange soda has 48grams of sugar.
Dr. Pepper has 40 grams of sugar.
Coca-cola has 39 grams of sugar.
Monster energy drinks have on average about 27 grams of sugar.
7-up has 39 grams of sugar.
Sprite has 38 grams of sugar.
Mountain Dew has 46 grams of sugar.

Dr. Jason McCargar, DMD at Scottsdale Dental Arts specializes not only in cosmetic dentistry, but in family & general dentistry as well. He says that the sugar is not the only culprit that causes cavities when soda is consumed. Soda also contains acids ( as seen on the label – phosphoric acid) which strip the teeth of their enamel. This in turn causes the teeth to be more susceptible to cavities. Once bacteria settles into the cracks and crevices of the teeth at the site of the cavity it further feeds off sugary products such as soda. Then, a small cavity that is easily fixed with a filling can turn into a large cavity that could potentially require more painful and more difficult treatment such as a root canal. Dr. McCargar stresses that water is best, but sometimes we all like the flavor of a soda. He recommends drinking the soda through a straw, so that it does not wash over the surfaces of the teeth as badly. He also recommends diet soda instead of regular soda to reduce the sugar content.