A couple of days ago while on a 3-hour flight the attendant came by asking if I wanted anything to drink. I typically drink sparkling water and/or coffee on flights, but at that time something else sounded a little better. I saw a can of cranberry juice cocktail so I asked for that.
I poured some into a little plastic glass and sipped away while I was reading a medical paper. As the flight wore on I finished off the can. MD happened to pick it up and said to me: Do you have any idea how many carbs were in that can you just drank? She turned the label so I could read that had just consumed about 60 grams of sugar. I couldn’t believe it, but there is was in black and white. MD told me that all cranberry products have a ton of sugar because cranberry juice is extremely sour.
I can’t remember the brand of juice I drank. I intended to keep the can, but when I wasn’t paying attention the flight attendant came by and picked it up. Out of sight it went out of mind, and it didn’t think about it until I was long off the plane.
I decided to see if I could figure out the most sugar-laden drinks and pass it along to readers of this blog. As with most things you search for online, I discovered that someone else had already done it. Here is the link to a blog post showing the top 7 most sugar-filled drinks. As you can see, a cranberry juice drink is number two on the list.
It has always been a stunning fact to me that the single food that contributes more calories to the American diet than any other is sugar. A full 20 percent of the standard American diet is made of sugar. Not just carbs, but sugar. That means that a typical 2500 Calorie diet contains 125 grams of sugar. Since (other than on the plane the other day) I don’t consume any sugar and neither does MD, that means that two other people are consuming 250 grams per day to keep the average where it is. Looking at some of the drinks on the above list, it is easy to see how it can be done.