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One Can of Coke = 10 Teaspoons of Sugar

By Annie Massa / September 25, 2017

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It might not seem like a big deal to drink a can of Coke with lunch, or as a regular afternoon pick-me-up. But one can of Coke has 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar (4 grams per teaspoon) in a 12 oz. can, which translates into 10 teaspoons of sugar.

For more on this topic, check out Marc’s article and video of how 1 can of coke per day is equivalent to 30 pounds of sugar per year.


  • Anurag says:


    I'm 18 , can I do the built lean program ?

    Thanks Anurag

    • Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT says:

      Thanks for your interest. Yes, you can as long as you have access to the required equipment. You can learn more from our Program FAQ.

  • Krunopz says:

    This is disturbing... I love to drink a sip of Coke after good meal, but this is... ¸My question is: What about Coca-Cola Zero? Is it true that it has 0 calories, and no sugar? What effect does it have on body? Thank You!

  • Jason says:

    This article annoys me. Apple juice and orange juice (with no sugar added) have the same sugar concentration as Coca Cola.

    To state that a sugar-based soft drink is full of sugar is not useful news.

    • Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT says:

      @Jason - we published another article about fruit juice facts here => Fruit Drink Facts Beverage Companies Don’t Want You To Know. The purpose was not to annoy, but inform that one of the most marketed and consumed beverages in the world (i.e. coke) is not a very healthy option.