Watch A Man Eat As Much Sugar As Is In A 20 Oz. Soft Drink

Well, this is gross. It’s the sequel to the notorious “Man drinking fat” commercial from the New York City Department of Health.

It’s not nearly as disgusting as the fat one, but it does kind of make me want to brush my teeth.

(Thanks, Joe!)


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  1. Captain Walker says:


  2. Hi_Hello says:

    i use to put more sugar than that in my frosty flakes :D

  3. axhandler1 says:

    Sprite zero and cherry Coke zero FTW!

  4. trentblase says:

    Wow, sugar packets only have 16 calories? I should start using them more often!

    • Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

      Yeah, for most people the additional calories of 1 or 2 packets of sugar over the nasty flavor and aftertaste of artificial sweeteners is an easy trade off.

      FWIW, I see many people putting 3-4 packets of the fake stuff along with 2 half and half containers in those shot glasses restaurants call a coffee cup and think they are being so smart and healthful. Then they scoff at me for putting in a 1/2 packet of real sugar (and 1/2 of one of those half and half containers) for using real sugar.

      As almost always folks, the real stuff in moderation is better than overdoing the fake.

      As to the sugar in soda and drinking that with your meal. Well, I could never get over the concept of drinking your desert while you ate.

      • AustinTXProgrammer says:

        I use about 1/3 packet of fake sweetener (saccharine) in my iced tea, because I can actually get it to dissolve. I find the idea of anyone using more than one packet of that stuff in a 12-16 oz drink rather disgusting.

        But I drink way too much Dr. Pepper. I recognize it but apparently I don’t care enough about my health to stop. Like Homer Simpson picking at his doughnut head.

  5. apd09 says:

    Is she drinking Grape soda, I love Grape soda. Fanta soda is by far my favorite when I decide to have a soda, which is few and far between, but I love me a Strawberry or a Grape soda every once and while.

    • Mike says:

      The bottle says Cola on it, but the label is purple so I thought it was grape soda too when I watched it. Also, she’s black, and we all know about black people and grape drinks. I can’t turn down a grape soda or drink ever. My wife makes fun of me every time I get grape soda.

      Dave Chappelle has a good sketch about it. I am the kid in the back he is talking about in the skit: (sort of NSFW, he swear a little)

    • Hoot says:

      Isn’t “Cola” always the Pepsi and Coke knockoff?

  6. Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

    I have up soda for lent when I was 15. I have only consumed a complete soda 3 times in the intervening 13 years.

    This is one big reason why.

  7. Mike says:

    Although I do drink lots of seltzer and unsweetened tea, when I want a soda I have a soda. Preferably a soda sweetened with sugar rather than hf corn syrup, errr, corn sugar.

  8. Rocket says:

    Yum, sugar!!!

  9. user765 says:

    I know someone who adds more sugar packs to their soda. I sent him this, but I’m sure it won’t stop him.

  10. KhaiJB says:

    I used to drink 2 2 liter bottles of ginger ale a day. until I sat and worked out, just how much sugar I was taking in.. (67.62 oz a bottle, or in this, 54 packets a bottle (roughly))

    the first week was hard.. but worth it…

  11. rooben says:

    Shouldn’t it be more someone drinking a 1.5 ounces of Corn Syrup?

    Also – picture should show Steve Lemme chugging maple syrup (from super troopers)

  12. jvanbrecht says:

    Yeah, I used to eat sugar cubes like candy.. and occasionally eat the sugar with a spoon.. or take a spoon of peanut butter and dip it into the sugar bowl.. and only some higher benevolent being knows how much sugar I used to put on my already frosted or sugary cereal :)

    and I am not overweight, no diabetes, no high cholesterol, I’m actually in good shape considering I am almost 35

    • wheeitsme says:

      Yep, when I was younger, I lurved me some sugar cubes. Though I have to admit, I didn’t do the peanut butter thing. I do dip my spoonful of peanut butter into mini chocolate chips, though. And I don’t know how much sweetened grape kool-ade I ate but I often wondered if my mother noticed the disappearing cans and packets…

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      The other day a sugar cube fell out of the bowl and tapped the back of my hand. I gained 5 pounds.

    • haggis for the soul says:

      Remember rock candy? The thought of it makes my teeth hurt these days, but we ate a LOT of sugar growing up. We seem to have survived it okay.

  13. mcs328 says:

    If I wanted to eat sugar I’d go buy a candy bar or a doughnut. I drink a soda because it goes down easier and I don’t have to wait for the sugar to dissolve in my saliva.

  14. Anonymously says:

    I have, in fact, eaten more than 16 packets of sugar in a sitting. I love sugar. I add sugar to soda, to ice cream, pour it directly from the bag onto my cereal. My favorite part of the cereal is the bottom where it’s all sugar.

    I need help.

  15. FreshPorcupineSalad says:

    Everyone knows there is no sugar in soda. It’s High Fructose Corn Syrup.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Specialty sodas use it (mostly). I’ve been indoctrinated into their sugary goodness by my honey. I’m trying really hard not to drink so much of it since I had mostly cut out the HFCS-infested crap.

    • Zowzers says:

      Someone needs to do a little research on the term “sugar”.

      Sucrose, commonly called table sugar is just one type of the many sugars in the world. If it ends with “ose”, chances are its a sugar.

  16. RxDude says:

    When are they going to do the one where the guy eats the amount of protein that is in . Fat, carbs, protein – the 3 main sources of calories. Alcohol is probably the 4th.

  17. madmallard says:

    Tax dollars paid for this? The soda companies put how much sugar is in their product on the bottle. Its not like is obscured.

  18. SlyPhox says:

    I like how they made the black woman drink grape soda… Stereotypical much?

  19. johnny_ryall says:

    wow, now i don’t feel so bad about using 2 packs in my coffee.

  20. lain1k says:

    Cute idea, horribly executed. Should have made it subtle instead of silly.

  21. aloria says:

    Chugging HFCS would have been grosser (and more accurate,) IMO.

    Perhaps a nice homage to Super Troopers, as well.

  22. Hungry Dog says:

    What is wrong with these people? I don’t want to know what is in my food, all I need to know is that it is full of delicious.

  23. shepd says:

    There’s 44 grams of sugar in the milk they suggested. That’s almost 11 packets right there.

    Perhaps they are talking about some sort of milk I don’t know of? Milk is not a good way to lose weight or prevent diabetes.

  24. dolemite says:

    That’s actually pretty effective. I drink a lot of soda, I admit. Makes me want to drink less.

  25. Kid Notorious says:

    Water, orange juice and beer for me, thanks. Not gonna waste the calories on soda.

    • dolemite says:

      Depending on the OJ, you could have as many or more calories….same for beer, which is also empty carbs.

  26. yagisencho says:

    I once ate three bowls of frosted corn flakes for breakfast. Once. The stomach pain of that experience has haunted me for 25 years.

  27. Dead for tax purposes says:

    Thank god I only drink cans of Coke!

    • Dead for tax purposes says:

      Nevermind, I just watched the other linked video about the can of pop a day, ugh…

  28. Jemaine says:

    I put about 16 packets in my coffee… that is if I ever get regular coffee from Starbucks.

  29. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    You wouldn’t eat 16 packets of sugar…

    Well not anymore, but a lot of people ate pixie sticks when they were kids and that was basically flavored sugar. There was also this other thing that was the same thing but bigger and came with a big candy stick to eat the powder with.

    • Chaosium says:

      Still not 16 packets, or anywhere close.

      • AK47 - Now with longer screen name! says:

        We clearly hung out in different crowds. I totally remember Pixie Sticks (both regular-size and the giant ones) and Fun Dip (the “use a stick made of packed sugar to spoon more sugar into your mouth” one). We used to eat those things like . . . well . . . like candy. Lots and lots of sugary candy.

        16 packets was more like a minimum requirement for my sweet tooth.

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        Pixie sticks as in more than one at a time.

      • TasteyCat says:

        Pixy Stix have 110 calories each. Strangely enough, though, Lik-m-aid is apparently only 50 calories per pouch.

    • Cicadymn says:

      You post reminds me of “You wouldn’t download a car?”


    • dg says:

      yeah PIXIE STICKS!!!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! (yeah, got a sugar rush relapse from thinking about those things… 98% suggary goodness, 2% flavor)…

      As an aside: Did anyone notice the guy in the video spilling a lot of sugar on his shirt? Wonder how many of those 16 packets actually made it in his mouth…

  30. sparc says:

    great ad as it targets all sugar!

    (and not just HCFS)

  31. dwb says:

    The sugar guy is cute. He makes me want to eat sugar.

  32. mechteach1 says:

    This video totally reminds me of college. I ate 40 packs of sugar on a dare – it was awesome! I stayed up for the next 10 hours, twitching.

  33. crazydavythe1st says:

    Oh, please Consumerist – don’t keep trying to ruin cokes for me. You’re winning, and I miss them ):

  34. Promethean Sky says:

    Eat packs of sugar? Back in the day, we used to SNORT sugar packets. Yeah, kids are dumb.

  35. kelbear says:

    It may take a little while, but the taste of seltzer grows on you. I like using seltzer to clear the taste of food from my mouth during a meal, so that I can taste the next bite more clearly and enjoy it more. There are also flavored seltzers that are still unsweetened. I like lemon seltzer as my new “sprite”.

    Your sugar sensitivity will change as well, and fruit will be sweeter. Unfortunately, this also means regular soda may make you feel sick and nauseated from being overwhelmed by excessive sweetness.

  36. Extractor says:

    I find nutrasweet to be an excellent substitute for syrup on pancakes. To me the dipeptide tastes a lot better and doesnt make a mess or make them soggy.

  37. Churba says:

    You only have to eat 8 Sugar packets if, unlike this guy, you have the hand eye coordination not to pour half of every packet down your shirt.

  38. Zydia says:

    Notice how they conveniently left out the fruity alcoholic beverages. Anyways, I’d say this is really micro-managing for a health department, like mom-level.

  39. peebozi says:

    i wish the government would finally step aside and allow corporations to provide any service they want, at any cost, to the free market. AND ALLOW MONOPOLIES ALREADY, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!!!

  40. BlkSwanPres says:

    I want to see the commercial where the guy eats 2 cups of flour instead of a roll.

  41. JulesNoctambule says:

    Shouldn’t he be drinking HFCS?

  42. Razor512 says:

    grrr, the ad reminded me of soda and now I poured my self yet another cup of grape soda. It taste soooooooo good but I don’t want to run out of it too quickly.