opening a can of soda

Beverage cans are metallic containers for packaging a specified amount of liquid, such as carbonated soft drinks, fruit juices, alcoholic drinks, and energy drinks, among others.

The actual full 12 ounce can of soda weighs 13 oz. Or a metric weight of 0.368 kg (368 grams).

On the other hand, an empty can weighs approximately 5 oz.

That said, soda containers are made from different materials that weigh differently. These include plastic, glass, and cans.

Depending on the material used, the weight of an empty can of soda differs.

Worldwide, 75% of such cans are made of aluminum. The remaining 25% are manufactured using tin-plated steel.

Production stands at 370 billion cans per year for all drink cans worldwide.

Standard sizes – Can capacity for sampled countries

Brazil – The standard can size in Brazil is 350 ml.

China -  the most common size is 330 ml.

Europe - 250 ml is relatively common. The standard, however, is 330 ml, with the exception of the UK at 440 ml, and Austria at between 200 and 330 ml.

Hong Kong - Standard cans are 330 ml.

India - standard cans are 250 ml.

Indonesia - Carbonated soft drink cans are usually 330 ml.

Japan - most common sizes are 350 ml and 500 ml.

Malaysia and Singapore - Most commonly found cans are 325 ml for carbonated drinks.

Middle East - standard cans are 330 ml.

New Zealand - Coca-Cola Amatil changed some of its canned drinks to 330 ml in 2017.

North America - the standard can size is 12 US fl oz or 355 ml.  The US standard can is 4.83 inches and 16 US fl oz, or 473 ml. The 18 US fl oz can is equivalent to 532 ml

Mexico - The standard size is 355 ml. In the late 2010s and early 2020s, smaller 235 ml cans became very popular.

Canada - The US standard is 355 ml. Some drinks, such as Nestea, are sold in 341 ml cans.

Quebec - 222 ml cans and "slim cans" with 310ml capacity introduced in 2015.

Pakistan – 200 ml, 250 ml and 330 ml.

South Africa - 330 ml is the standard. A 500 ml can is also available. A smaller 200 ml can is used for "mixers", such as tonic or soda water.

South Korea - 250 ml cans are the most common for soft drinks.

History of soda cans

Cans of soda

The founder of the Dayton Reliable Tool & Mfg. Co, Ermal Fraze, invented the beverage can in the 1960s. T

he can opens with the pull of a tab.

In 1963, Reynolds Metal Company produced an aluminum beverage can.

It was used to package “slenderella”, a form of present-day Diet Cola.

One year later, the idea was adopted by the Royal Crown.

Later, Pepsi and Coke adopted the can packaging in 1967.

Types and benefits of other Soda Packaging

The weight of aluminum makes it the number one choice in food packaging materials.

Its lightness reduces bulk in packaging, cutting down significant costs during transportation and storage. 

The versatility offered by aluminum is also an added advantage. It is possible to customize the container to your desired shape and design.

Glass packaging

Similar to aluminum packaging, glass packaging is popular and desirable.

It has been used all over the world for centuries.  

It is actually considered more quality packaging for cans.

This is mainly because glass is considered environmentally friendly since it can be recycled.

It is also sustainable and offers beverage stability. Its downside, however, is that it is significantly weighty.

KEG Packaging

This is the best choice for bulk beverage packaging. Unlike cans and glass, Kegs can pack many liters for commercial and individual use.

They offer beverage stability, convenient dispensing, and airtight sealing that protects your beverage.

How many teaspoons of sugar are there in a can of soda?

sugar in Soda

Nothing beats a refreshing glass of a chilled fizzy drink on a hot afternoon.

The worry, however, is just how much sugar in terms of calories one load upon each downed glass.

For weight watchers, persons living with diabetes, or individuals keeping track of calories, the sugar level is worrying.

Unfortunately, it is not just packing the pounds one should be worried about. Sodas are also linked to a heightened risk of; 

  • Various Cancers

  • Liver disease

  • Tooth erosion

  • Kidney disease

  • Osteoporosis

  • Heart disease

  • Asthma

  • Sleep disorders

While The World Health Organization recommends a limit of 6 teaspoons of sugar for daily consumption, a 12 oz. can of soft drink contains more than 10 teaspoons of sugar. However, this varies from brand to brand. 

The truth about orange soda

Of all fizzy drinks, commercials want us to believe that orange soda is healthier.

On the contrary, one tin packs up to 52 grams (13 teaspoons) of sugar and 208 calories. 

A 185-pound person will be required to walk for 30 minutes at a speed of 4 MPH to lose the calories from a can of orange soda.

A Can of Cola

It is said that white meat is healthier than red meat and dark chocolate is healthier than white chocolate.

As for soda, whether light or dark, it has no nutritional value and is typically loaded with sugar. 

The fast-food industry has standardized the dark, caramel-colored fizzy drink to be synonymous with most meals.

Notwithstanding that most colas have 39–42 grams or 9.75–10.25 teaspoons of sugar in every can. This amounts to 165.75–174.25 calories.

To lose this load of calories, a 185-pound person will need to walk for 30 minutes at a speed of 3.5 mph or mow a lawn to lose the calories.

While Coca-Cola might not contain as much sugar as orange drinks, it is by no means a lesser evil.

The ingredients used have 4-methylimidazole, a carcinogen associated with liver, lung, and thyroid cancer in mice.

A Can of Clear Soda

Sprite Soda

All sodas have the same base ingredients. Whether dark or clear, all consist of carbonated water and high-fructose corn syrup. 

The clear soda does not contain coloring like caramel in cola. It contains citric acid and natural flavors.

However, they are almost identical in their nutritional value.

A 12-ounce tin will have 156 calories and 39 grams of carbohydrates.

Both drinks contain sodium — 43 and 68 milligrams in cola and clear soda, respectively. Neither has any other nutrients.

What is the recommended daily intake of soda?

The American Heart Association recommends 100 calories per day for women and 150 calories for men.

Unfortunately, a can of soda exceeds these daily limits (usually 208 calories).

According to Harvard Health Publishing, sugar is sugar, irrespective of its chemical composition, and the zilch amount of sugar is good for you. 

Research from Boston University discovered that regular intake of sugary drinks makes one experience poor memory and difficulties in learning. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, soda accounts for 32% of sugary drinks consumed by Americans daily. For young adults, the figure stands at 43%. 

Chances are you are also a regular partaker of the sweet and fizzy drink.

You are aware that soda is not good for you, but do you know exactly how harmful that daily can is? Here is the not-so-good news!

1. Likelihood of developing depression.

2. As a kid, did you make the dreaded trips to the dentist? Soda was most likely the reason you went there to fix cavities.

You perhaps also remember from high school biology class that average soda is acidic and can destroy tooth enamel.

Bacteria feed on the sugar, leaving behind waste in the form of plaque. The plaque makes acids, which run down tooth enamel.

Plaque produces toxins that cause gingivitis, the dental term for bad breath. This can affect one’s social life tremendously. 

3. The more sugar-packed drinks one consumes, the higher the probability of dying from a range of causes, especially cardiovascular disease such as heart disease or stroke.

4. There is clinical evidence linking sugary sodas to a long-term autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the joints. 

5. Want to age fast? An American Journal of Public Health study linked the daily consumption of 20-ounces of a sugar-packed soda to premature aging of 4.6 extra years. 

Alternative competitive drinks to soda

Drinking Tea

For the health-conscious generation, the ideal alternative to soda would be beverages that have no carbs, zero sugar, and no calories. 

Plain water is the only drink that is zero on the three fronts. Fortunately, there are many competitive options for soda. Here are beverages that are giving soda a run for its money:

  • Tea – Contrary to the old belief that the English in England were the only heavy consumers of tea, tea intake around the world is significant across cultures. Tea is taken in whichever weather; hot or cold is tea time.

  • Lemonade – Quickly gaining momentum is the practice of adding sugar cane to lemonade. This drink is refreshing and healthy any day.

  • Sparkling water – Also known as carbonated water, it is best for hydrating the body, unlike soda whose sugar levels will leave the body drained. 

  • Mineral water – A good alternative with added minerals to boost the body.

  • Maple water – A native of Asian origin, Maple water is a 98% water drink that will leave you refreshed.

  • Freshly squeezed juice – This will require effort to produce, but it is worthwhile. Whatever fruit you choose to juice, fruit juice is a healthy substitute for soda. Chill in the fridge on a hot day and enjoy the pure goodness.

  • Coconut water – A readily available drink in the coastal regions. Coconut water's health benefits and tastefulness have seen this commodity transported to cities far from the coast for both commercial and domestic use. 

  • Green Tea – Laden with health benefits, this antioxidant offers cardiovascular support to stabilize weight. It's a great alternative to fizzy drinks.

  • Red wine – Moderate consumption of red wine has been associated with increased heart health and a decrease in the onset of certain cancers. 

Moderation is key here. One glass is allowable for women and two for men.

  • Soy milk – Laden with plant protein, soy milk is sure to lower bad cholesterol, ultimately regulating blood pressure. 

This beverage may not be tasty for starters, but once you acquire the taste, you will enjoy every glass. 

Where is the cheapest Coke?

India serves the cheapest Coke in the world. At just $ 0.07, you get yourself and a few friends a cup.


A can of soda is the most convenient way to have your soda on the go. Pulling a tab to open the can ensures less spillage and convenient consumption of your favorite drink. 

It is not unsurprising that, despite the fact that the cost is higher for the same mls of a glass of bottled soda, most people will opt for canned soda, especially while traveling.

The aluminum can is easy on the hand and convenient to pack in a carry-on bag. 

As people become enlightened about the health risks of carbonated beverages, the future of canned soda remains unclear. What is clear, however, is the fact that most people seem unable to stay away from fizzy drinks.