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Calories in Cola, Sweetened

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Cola, Soda is Pricey in Caloric Values

If we remove the sugar from the beverage - then we'll have a zero calorie beverage - or as close to zero as one can get.

By looking at our data chart below we see that regular sweetened cola contains about 11 kcals per ounce, 136 per 12 ounces, 182 per 16 ounces and a whopping 267 kcals per 32 ounces.

Many individuals these days enjoy far more than the recommended one cup, eight ounces per day serving. They may enjoy a liter or more throughout their day; I know people who do exactly that - and they aren't in high impact, physically demanding jobs, either.

The trouble with all that sugar is that it tends to encourage fatty build-up in the upper abdominal area of the body. In addition, sugar is similar to a drug - as is sodium. We may start out putting a teaspoon in our tea.

Then we'll grow accustomed to the taste and we'll add yet another teaspoon. A bit later we find that we're dumping a fourth cup into our tea. And keep in mind that 1/4 cup is equal to only four Tablespoons. And now that zero glass of tea suddenly contains about 200 kcals.

As to the sweetened soda - many years back towards the beginning of the last century, soda was sold in very tiny glass bottles. The cap required a tool in order to pop it off.

Over the Years, Serving Size Has Drastically Increased. In the 1950's the Serving Size Was Only 4 Ounces.

I remember as a kid when soda was sold in glass bottles with the cap and we were dirt poor - so we didn't get to enjoy many in our childhood.

On those precious times when we did, my parents would often remove the cap with a bottle opener - and the glass at the top would shatter.

Of course, they wouldn't let us drink the liquid due to glass potentially falling into it amid the breakage. What a bummer. Reminds me of the time when I cried in my early twenties because I needed a nickel in order to purchase a loaf of bread.

Anyway - getting back to the soda, the manufacturers have moved from that tiny 6 ounce bottle to huge liters in this era. In comparison, it's a good value for consumers as compared to the past.

But these days, we no longer drink these beverages as a rare treat - something that we can look forward to and appreciate - savor.

These days we guzzle them down like nobody's business and the benefits aren't good. They tend to include weight gain, bulging bellies and rotted teeth.

So the next time that you decide to park a cold one by your meal plate - be sure to enjoy it and savor the flavor. In addition, do keep the amount that you drink under wraps. It's so easy to keep pouring from those big bottles and before you know what happened, you've ingested several hundred unwanted calories.

Calories, Nutrition in Cola, Soda

Energy, Vitamins, Minerals

Unit Measures 1 can 12 fluid ounces 1 bottle 16 fluid ounces 21 fluid ounces 32 fluid ounces

Caffeine

mg
29
39
39
58

Calcium, Ca

mg
7
10
10
14

Calories

kcal
136
182
180
267

Carbohydrate

g
35.18
46.94
46.46
69.02

Cholesterol

mg
0
0
0
0

Copper, Cu

mg
0.004
0.005
0.005
0.007

Fiber, total dietary

g
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

Iron, Fe

mg
0.40
0.54
0.53
0.79

Magnesium, Mg

mg
0
0
0
0

Manganese, Mn

mg
0.007
0.010
0.010
0.014

Phosphorus, P

mg
37
49
49
72

Potassium, K

mg
7
10
10
14

Protein

g
0.26
0.34
0.34
0.51

Selenium, Se

mcg
0.4
0.5
0.5
0.7

Sodium, Na

mg
15
20
19
29

Sugars, total    (2)

g
33.01
44.04
43.59
64.76

Zinc, Zn

mg
0.07
0.10
0.10
0.14

 

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