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The shocking amount of sugar 'hiding' in soft drinks is revealed by boiling the drinks down and making them into lollipops {VIDEO}

Photographer reveals shocking amount of sugar 'hiding' in soft drinks

  • Henry Hargreaves, from Brooklyn, used a variety of sweetened beverages, including Vitamin Water and Mountain Dew during his project
  • To create the lollipops, he boiled each liquid on the stove top until the water was evaporated and the drinks were reduced to syrupy substances
  • Henry then poured the liquid into corresponding molds and added lollipop sticks to them  
  • The artist's lollipops were far larger than standard-sized lollipops

A curious Brooklyn-based food photographer has set out to show the world what the 39 grams of sugar found in a can of Coca-Cola really looks like by turning the popular soft drink into a massive lollipop.

Just a few weeks after The Renegade Pharmacist blog debuted an eye-opening infographic exposing how your body reacts to drinking Coca-Cola, Henry Hargreaves, who was born in New Zealand, created a visual, candy representation of the amount of sugar found in some of your favorite sweetened beverages, including Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, Powerade and even Zico coconut water. 

'I have heard health professionals recently refer to soda as the cigarettes of our generation,' he explained in his YouTube video's description. 'I wanted to get my head around this and show what is in a soda drink once the water has been boiled away.' 

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Too sweet: Photographer Henry Hargreaves boiled Coca-Cola until the water was evaporated before using the leftover sugary syrup to create a massive lollipop (left) that is larger than standard lollipops (right)

Too sweet: Photographer Henry Hargreaves boiled Coca-Cola until the water was evaporated before using the leftover sugary syrup to create a massive lollipop (left) that is larger than standard lollipops (right)

Taste tester: Henry can be seen taking his creation out of its lollipop mold (pictured) and trying it out
Taste tester: Henry can be seen taking his creation out of its lollipop mold and trying it out (pictured)

Taste tester: Henry can be seen taking his creation out of its lollipop mold (left) and trying it out (right)

'I decided to take the remaining substance and pour into a lollipop mold as that's what I feel you are essentially getting - a lollipop dressed up as soda,' Henry added. 

The artist used the bottom of each drink's bottle to create lollipop molds featuring lettered labels for each beverage. 

As for the lollipop recipe, Henry simply boiled each liquid on the stove top until the water was evaporated and the drinks were reduced to syrupy substances. 

Massive lollipops created by boiling the water out of drinks
Different flavors: Henry created lollipops by using a variety of popular sweetened beverages, including Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, Powerade and even Zico coconut water

Different flavors: Henry created lollipops by using a variety of popular sweetened beverages, including Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, Powerade and even Zico coconut water

Each beverage has varying amounts of sugar added, while most flavors of Vitamin Water have 31 grams of sugar per 20 ounce bottle, a 20 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew has as whopping 77 grams of sugar.  

'What we were left with was this kind of caramelizing of sugar and coloring and few other things that I don't really care to know what they are like,' Henry noted in the video. 

After they were boiled down, each beverage was poured into its corresponding mold and given a lollipop stick.  

Shape shifter: The artist used the bottom of each drink's bottle to create lollipop molds featuring lettered labels for each beverage
Shape shifter: The artist used the bottom of each drink's bottle to create lollipop molds featuring lettered labels for each beverage

Shape shifter: The artist used the bottom of each drink's bottle to create lollipop molds featuring lettered labels for each beverage

Sticky sweet: To make the lollipops Henry boiled each liquid on the stove top until the water was evaporated and the drinks were reduced to syrupy substances

Sticky sweet: To make the lollipops Henry boiled each liquid on the stove top until the water was evaporated and the drinks were reduced to syrupy substances

Cool down: The artist then poured the syrup into corresponding molds and added a stick 

Cool down: The artist then poured the syrup into corresponding molds and added a stick 

The final results are a stunning visual representation of how much sugar we are really consuming when we guzzle our favorite soft drinks. 

AMOUNT OF SUGAR IN SOFT DRINKS

Coca-Cola - 39 grams in a 12-ounce can 

Mountain Dew - 77 grams in a 16-ounce bottle

Zico - 15 grams in a 14-ounce bottle 

Snapple - 47 grams in a 16-ounce bottle

Vitamin Water - 31 grams in a 20-ounce bottle

Jarritos - 29 grams in a 12.5-ounce bottle

Henry then took the remaining product and created a series of photos - even comparing the lollipop made out of Coca Cola to the type of lollipop you would find in the grocery store.  

The images reveals that the lollipops created out of soft drinks are far larger than the standard sized lollipops you would find at a candy store.

'We all know there is a lot of sugar in our drinks, but to me the 52 grams on the back of the bottle doesn't really mean much,' Henry explained. 

'I wanted to put it into a context that I understood, so I decided to make these lollipops because essentially that's what I feel like we are getting at the bottom of each drink,' Henry said. 

Henry revealed to Mashable that he wasn't at all surprised by the results.

Vitamin Water: The 31 grams of sugar found in a bottle of the enhanced water was used to make this cherry-colored candy 

Vitamin Water: The 31 grams of sugar found in a bottle of the enhanced water was used to make this cherry-colored candy 

Snapple: The 47 grams of sugar found in this soft drink made this large lollipop 

Snapple: The 47 grams of sugar found in this soft drink made this large lollipop 

Zico: Even this brand's plain coconut water, which is hailed as a healthy drink, has 15 grams of sugar in a 14-ounce bottle

Zico: Even this brand's plain coconut water, which is hailed as a healthy drink, has 15 grams of sugar in a 14-ounce bottle

'I knew they [sugary drinks] were kind of rubbish, and I'd get a kick if someone was able to react in a way that might change their habits by seeing these,' he explained. 

And his series of photos may do just that. 

After seeing pictures of Henry's lollipops, one Twitter user wrote: Your favorite sodas have enough sugar to make huge lollipops. Mmmmm! Drink that soda dummy! [sic]'

While someone else noted that Henry's project was a 'clever way to make tangible and visible the amount of sugar in soda. 

Coca Cola: A can of coke has 39 grams of sugar, which is enough to make this thick lollipop 

Coca Cola: A can of coke has 39 grams of sugar, which is enough to make this thick lollipop 

Mountain Dew: A 16-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew has 77 grams of sugar 

Mountain Dew: A 16-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew has 77 grams of sugar 

Jarritos: This sweetened fruit punch contains 29 grams of sugar in once 12.5-ounce bottle

Jarritos: This sweetened fruit punch contains 29 grams of sugar in once 12.5-ounce bottle

 

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Comment by nord myrie on August 12, 2015 at 4:16pm
Just simply pour it in a clear drinking glass and you see the raw syrup swirling around in it.
Comment by nord myrie on August 12, 2015 at 4:12pm
That's why I don't drink soda.As a chemistry student back in high school I discovered that.Am surprised people are just realizing that.
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on August 12, 2015 at 1:55pm
Drinking rum is much better
Comment by Big Woman on August 11, 2015 at 10:13pm
Y'know this soda thing or aereated water as we called it inna Jamaica is really detrimental to health. All that sugar in our bodies will cause problems.

New studies show a significant rise in esophageal cancer over the last twenty years which they attribute among other things to a increase in soda consumption. The carbonation can irritate your esophagus and stomach.
Sodas used to be a treat occasionally when we were kids. No way were you allowed to drink it every day unlike how parents now allow kids to drink it daily. My Mom was right as usual!
Comment by Sharon Gil on August 11, 2015 at 9:59pm

NOT A PROBLEM....stopped drinking this and all crap 10 years ago.  W O W!

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