Sugar, Sugar Everywhere

I made a New Year's resolution this year to give up pop completely.  Now, I've never been one to buy cans of pop at the grocery store and just drink can after can.  When I'm eating out at a restaurant, that's a different story.  I always order a Coke or Pepsi to go with my meal.

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Just out of curiosity, I decided to figure up how much sugar I consume each year just by drinking pop.  Since I never buy it at the store and don't keep it in the house, it couldn't possibly be that much, could it?  Wow!  I was completely floored when I saw the figures.  Here's how it calculated out.

As a rough estimate, I figured I drink an average of 7 cans of pop per week.  That was shocking to me just by itself.  I never realized how those 32-ounce drinks could add up so quickly.

7 cans x 12 ounces per can = 84 ounces per week 
84 ounces per week x 52 weeks = 4,368 ounces per year

Each ounce of Coca-Cola has 3.25 grams of sugar

4,368 ounces per year x 3.25 grams of sugar per ounce = 14,196 grams of sugar from Coca-Cola per year

A pound of sugar contains approximately 453 grams

14,196 / 453 = 31.34 pounds!

I have been drinking over 31 pounds of sugar per year 

That is so unbelievable.  My body has to process almost 8 four-pound bags of pure sugar just in pop alone every year.  I don't even want to think about all of the other things I eat that contain tons of sugar.  I am SO glad I decided to give up pop this year.  Seeing these numbers is going to definitely keep me motivated to stay away from the stuff.

How much pop do you drink each week?


  1. Wow. Those numbers are staggering. I drink maybe 20 cans of soda a year, with 15+ being diet coke. Not a big soda drinker, and now that I've seen these numbers I'm thankful for that!

  2. I know, Erin! It is insane how much sugar is in there. I am so done with drinking my calories.