Advertisement

Why do sugary drinks cause weight gain?

Dee Sandquist
Nutrition & Dietetics

A 12 oz. can of a soft drink contains approximately 9 tsp. sugar. You wouldn't sit down and eat a heaping 1/4 cup of sugar, so why waste your calories on empty nutrient beverages that have added sugar? Over time, you will lose weight by cutting your intake of sugary drinks in half. After a week or two, you may find you don't need the sugary drink and will be able to avoid drinking it. Gradual changes make long lasting successful changes. Choose an apple instead of apple juice. The apple has fiber that the apple juice does not. The same goes for orange juice. I have found many people think orange-flavored beverages contain the same nutrients as orange juice. Not so. They are sugary beverages with little nutrients even if they say "vitamin C added." Look for 100% fruit juice and consume less than 8 oz. per day.

Enas Shakkour
Nutrition & Dietetics
Sugary drinks provide empty calories. Simple sugars such as table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup do not have any nutritional value. They provide calories but provide no nutrients. A tablespoon of sugar provides 45 empty calories. When you are drinking sugary drinks instead of water you are loading your body with extra sugars and calories. A can of soda has about 142 calories. If you drink 3.5 cans of sodas per day, you will gain a pound a week. That's 4 pounds per month, and 48 pounds per year. Drink water, skim milk, or sugar-free drinks.
One can of a sugared drink accounts for about 200 calories, on average. Consuming one can every day can translate into about eight pounds of weight gain in a year. So reduce your calories by watching your intake of sugared beverages.

Continue Learning about Non-Alcoholic Beverages & Health

2 Grown-Up Beverages That Keep Your Mind Young
2 Grown-Up Beverages That Keep Your Mind Young
These two adult beverages -- one that wakes people up in the morning and another that relaxes them in the evening -- may help keep the mind young: cof...
Read More
How can sugar-free drinks cause weight gain?
Margaret FloydMargaret Floyd
A study done at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio showed that drinkin...
More Answers
What drinks are okay before bedtime?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
I tell you not to eat within 2-3 hours of bedtime, but beverages are fine, as long as they don’t hav...
More Answers
How to Navigate the Cocktail Menu
How to Navigate the Cocktail Menu

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.