A Glass of Orange Soft Drink (Soda or Pop)

Did You Know?

In the United States, the number one source of added sugars is nondiet soft drinks (soda or pop). Source

The amount of sugar in one 12-ounce can of non-diet soft drink

The vials of sugar above represent the average amount of sugar in one 12-ounce can of non-diet soft drink (12 teaspoons).

If you drink one can (12 ounce) of non-diet soda each day for one year, you will have consumed 65 pounds of sugar!

Read What does 65 pounds of sugar have to do with you?

Orange Soda Pop


"Think What You Drink" is a worksheet which is part of the 5th grade Nutrition Education Program's (NEP) School Enrichment kit.

The kit includes a "Think What You Drink" soda pop demonstration to show what ingredients are used in the making of soda and that none of the ingredients come from the 5 food groups. Classrooms are also provided a "Think What You Drink" poster which lets students compare the nutritional value of various drinks such as fat free milk, fruit juice and soda.

One 5th grader from West Lincoln Elementary wrote, "I like ... when the teacher got to make the pop and we told her how much sugar to put in there and we said 7 [teaspoons] but there is actually 12."

During the 2002-03 school year, more than 1,900 students in 104 Lincoln classrooms experienced an average of 11 hours of nutrition instruction through the NEP School Enrichment program. Teachers say, "We tripled the amount of time we spent teaching students [nutrition] from four hours to 12 hours."

More Resources:

Nutrition Education Program (NEP School Enrichment Kits)

Food Safety and Nutrition

4-H and School Enrichment in Lancaster County

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