I wonder if folks are aware of the sugar content of popular soft drinks available in the Indian market:
(All figures are total sugar content for a 500 ml "pet" bottle)
Mirinda: 65 grams
Thums Up: 49.5 grams
Sprite: 59 grams
A cup of tea had 2 teaspoons of sugar. Thus a bottle of soft drink has sugar equivalent to 5-7 cups of tea! In my household (2 kids and 2 adults), 500 grams of sugar lasts around 2 weeks!
Sample these stats (assuming one teaspoon is 5 grams and 20 calories, and average calorie intake needed for an adult is 2500 calories/day):
- A person drinking 2 pet bottles of Mirinda a week (not uncommon) ends up consuming 130 grams of sugar and thus 520 calories, which is nearly one fourth of a day's calorie intake for most people.
- If you even drink a couple of Thums Up pets in a week, you are "richer" by nearly 100 grams of sugar and 400 calories.
Remember 8000 calories = 1 Kg of weight. So if you drink an average of two "PETs" a week of Mirinda, you are looking at a weight gain of 1kg in 4 months time.
I am not sure of the sugar content in the European and American markets. One thing is for sure: if you are weight conscious and like to have soft drinks, try Thums Up - it has just 76% of the sugar that Mirinda/Fanta has.
Update: Corrections in calorie calculations thanks to Neil's comments.