Try 20 teaspoons in a 24 oz. Pepsi and even eight teaspoons in a bottle of Vitamin Water.
That point was hammered home to East High School students this morning in a demonstration sponsored by Independent Health and Upstate New York Transplant Services.
"The average adult is supposed to have 2000 calories each day and a lot of these children are consuming a lot of empty calories in the drinks that they're choosing," said Carrie Meyer, executive director of the Independent Health Foundation.
Meyer had students pour into a cup the number of teaspoons of sugar they thought was in each beverage. Many students guessed on the low-end with three or four teaspoons.
"Students are amazed to find that half the cup is full of sugar," she said.
Students also signed a pledge to be fit and make healthy eating choices.
Limiting intake of sugary drinks helps avoid the onset of Type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity, Meyer said.
Watch Carrie Meyer give students the "sugar test"