How Much Sugar Is In A Can Of Mountain Dew?

Everyone knows that sugar isn't exactly good for you. Sure, a small candy bar or muffin once in a while may not hurt anyone, but most Americans consume far more sugar than just that. The average American adult consumes 77 grams of sugar per day which translates to 60 pounds of added sugar every year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). 

Taking in this much sugar is not good for a person's health. The more added sugars a person consumes, the higher their risk of weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, explains the Centers Disease Control and Prevention.

The AHA notes that beverages provide the most amount of added sugars, with soft drinks having the most sugar of any beverage. Mountain Dew is no exception when it comes to high amounts of sugar. Mountain Dew is among the most popular sodas in the country as of 2019, according to NASDAQ. But how much sugar is in a can of Mountain Dew?

Mountain Dew has one of the highest amounts of sugar of any soft drink

You may or may not be surprised to learn that Mountain Dew has one of the highest amounts of sugar in a 12 oz can of any soda. This means it has more sugar than Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Orange Fanta, and many others. How much sugar is in a can of Mountain Dew? 46 grams or 3.8 tablespoons, according to TheDailyMeal.

For reference, the AHA suggests limiting your daily intake of added sugars to 36 grams per day if you're a man, or 25 grams per day if you're a woman. Having two cans of Mountain Dew is roughly tripling your recommended amount of added sugars for the entire day. If you need a visual reference, imagine filling a quarter cup with sugar and then eating it. That's around how much sugar is in one can of Mountain Dew.

According to TheDailyMeal, the only soda that barely beats Mountain Dew in terms of added sugars is Mello Yello which contains 47 grams of sugar in a 12 oz can.