How Much Does a 12-Pack of Soda Weigh?

Do you believe you are familiar with the 12-pack’s weight? You’re good to go if you guessed 10 pounds. Calculating the weight of a 12-pack of soda, we find that it is roughly 10 pounds.

Calculating the weight of 12 aluminium cans, the weight of the soda within the cans, and the weight of the plastic or cardboard holding the cans yields this amount. These three components weigh a total of around ten pounds.

Weight of Soda

Let’s begin with the real soda that is contained in each can. 12 ounces of soda are contained in each can. When you double that by 12, you get a total of 144 ounces of soda.

packaging and cans

The typical weight of an aluminium can comes next. The average can weighs half an ounce. The weight of an aluminium can is approximately 6 ounces when multiplied by 12 cans. 150 ounces, or 9.375 pounds, is the result when you add it to the fluid’s weight. You’ll be right around 10 pounds if you include the cardboard packaging’s weight (maybe another half pound).

Cardboard Packaging

The packaging for 12-packs of soda is often made of cardboard boxes. The cans are shielded from sunlight, allowed to display the brand, and are protected from punctures during shipping using this kind of packaging.

Plastic container

Observe how the cans are enclosed with elastic plastic in the image above. This material shields the soda from direct sunlight while being lighter than cardboard.

Packages for Rings

Retailers can also purchase 12-pack rings for a carry bag that holds 12 soda cans. Although they are uncommon, these lighten the container as a whole. Additionally, some major beverage firms are switching back to smaller cardboard can holders in response to the global movement to reduce unnecessary plastic use.

Lower consumption of soda

In the last ten years, soda consumption in the US has decreased, from 45 gallons per person/year in 2010 to 38 gallons per person/year in 2018. One of the main causes is that more Americans are aware of the additional sugar that comes with consuming fizzy soda in their diet.

Ten Cokes per day

A resourceful man started an experiment in 2014 to see how drinking 10 Cokes a day for a month would influence his weight and general health. He consequently put on roughly 25 pounds as a result of the soda’s extra sugar.

It’s interesting to note that the same individual conducted a related experiment in 2015 by consuming 10 Diet Cokes every day for a month. The outcomes were very different; he did not gain weight, his blood glucose level did not rise, and neither did his blood pressure.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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