Added sugar is unhealthy when consumed in excess.
However, liquid sugar may be especially harmful.
Research shows that getting sugar in liquid form is much worse than getting it from solid food.
This is why high-sugar beverages like soda are among the worst things you can put into your body.
What Is “Liquid Sugar”?
Liquid sugar is the sugar you consume in liquid form, such as from beverages like sugar-sweetened soda.
The sugar in beverages is often highly concentrated and easy to consume in large amounts without feeling full.
Some examples of these drinks are fairly obvious, such as sodas and fruit punch. However, many other beverages are high in sugar as well.
For instance, although fruit juice is typically considered a healthier option, even varieties without added sugar can be as high in sugar and calories as sweetened drinks — sometimes even higher.
What’s more, a high intake of fruit juice may lead to the same health problems as drinking sugar-sweetened beverages.
Here are the calories and sugars in 12 ounces (355 ml) of some popular high-sugar beverages: