Good choice, bad choice: orange soda

Updated Aug 12, 2014

When craving the fizz of an orange soda, skip the sugar-heavy Sunkist and go for a more natural approach: San Pellegrino Aranciata. It’s carbonated water, sugar and orange juice.

Good choice: San Pellegrino Aranciata orange soda

Bad choice: Sunkist

Calories and fat: A bottle of San Pellegrino Aranciata has 80 calories with no fat, compared with 190 calories and no fat in a can of Sunkist.

Sugar and carbohydrates: Sunkist is stuffed with sugar: 50 grams in a 12-oz. can. That’s equivalent to three tablespoons of sugar per serving. Sunkist has 52 grams of carbohydrates compared with San Pellegrino’s 19 grams of sugar and 19 grams of carbs.

Downsides to San Pellegrino are that it may be hard to find and it’s caffeine free, compared with Sunkist’s 41 milligrams. So, if you’re in it for the caffeine, stick to coffee for a healthier energy boost.