Sugar stacks cokes
(Image courtesy of Sugar Stacks)

Ever wondered just how much sugar is in your favorite drink, snack or dessert? Wonder no more!

I just discovered the site Sugar Stacks today (hat tip to Local Nourishment), and was both appalled and thrilled to see such a vivid demonstration of the amount of sugar in a number of typical foods.

Just for fun (gosh, the things I do for fun!), here are a couple of other photos that I found particularly interesting:

Lemonade sugar stack

Lemonade? That harmless, refreshing summer beverage? 16 1/2 sugar cubes in one measly bottle! Let's squeeze some lemons, add a bit of honey, top it up with water and ice, and call that refreshment instead!

Yoplait sugar stacks

Ouch! 6 1/2 cubes of sugar inside each teeny tiny bowl of flavored, sweetened yogurt. Do yourself a favor and skip the flavored varieties. Buy (or make) plain yogurt instead, and add your own fresh or frozen fruit and perhaps a little natural sweetener of choice.

Ketchup sugar stack

I know, this one may seem harmless in comparison. 1 cube of sugar. But… keep in mind that 1 cube is in each and every tablespoon of ketchup. A tablespoon is basically one decent sized squirt. Most ketchup lovers consume far more than that with their hashbrowns and eggs, their hamburger, or their french fries.

Wanna see some more? Check out for a whole host of examples of just how much sugar there is in processed, convenience and store-bought dessert or snack foods! It's a shocking reminder of the amount of sugar that members of our society pump into their bodies, and we wonder why such sickness and obesity abounds! And I'll confess… even I saw a couple of indulgences that I am sometimes tempted to enjoy and was so glad for the visual of exactly why I need to reconsider whenever those cravings arise!

Note: I will make one comment about an aspect of the site that I didn't care for or agree with. It's comparisons of the sugar in fruits and vegetables is highly inaccurate. Yes, there are naturally occuring sugars (ie. carbohydrates) in fruits and veggies. Yes, they do have some effect on our blood sugar levels. No, they are not even remotely the same thing as the added sugars (especially all the processed, white sugars and high fructose corn syrup) that are in most of the products they are displaying. Fruits and veggies contain high amounts of fiber, water, and vitamins and minerals. Our body handles them very differently than regular sugar. This is not comparing apples to apples, and I wouldn't suggest that you get hung up on this aspect of the site. Otherwise, enjoy!

Are you surprised to see this visualization of the sugar that is actually in some of these products? What is your biggest struggle in decreasing the sugar content of your diet?