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What Are the Health Benefits of Mountain Dew?

Last updated on March 25th, 2022

What Are the Health Benefits of Mountain DewI’m interested in a wide variety of different sodas and also their health benefits and wondered about Mountain Dew.

So I did a little research into the health benefits of Mountain Dew, and here’s what I found.

So, what are the health benefits of Mountain Dew? Mountain Dew is not exactly healthy for you.

The nutrition label shows that 1 can of Mountain Dew has enough sugar to reach your recommended daily sugar intake.

Consistent overconsumption of sugar increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes according to Harvard Medical School.

Whether you’re interested in what the side effects of drinking Mountain Dew are for males, whether Mountain Dew damages the liver if it increases weight gain, and what it does to your stomach.

Here’s everything you need to know about the health benefits of Mountain Dew.

Mountain Dew side effects in males

Mountain Dew side effects in males

There are no known side effects for males drinking Mountain Dew.

But, if you drink too much Mountain Dew every day for a long period of time it can cause health issues such as diabetes and heart disease, according to Harvard Medical School.

It also contains caffeine, but not in very high amounts.

For caffeine, you would need to drink 10 cans of it to reach the recommended daily caffeine limit.

Interestingly, most sodas have the same amount of sugar and caffeine as Mountain Dew.

Here’s a table that shows the relative amounts of sugar and calories for the well-known sodas compared to Mountain Dew:

Per 3.4 oz (100 mL) Coca Cola Pepsi Dr Pepper Mountain Dew
Calories (kcal) 280 43 42 45
Sugar (g) 77 11.6 10.6 12.4

Links to the data provided by the US Department of Agriculture’s Research Service (USDA) are available here: Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper.

And the data for Mountain Dew is shown on their official website.

Below is a table that shows the amount of caffeine relative to the recommended daily intake as stated by the doctors at Mayo Clinic and the Food and Drug Administration of the USA (FDA).

Soda Caffeine content per 12 oz – 1 can (354 mL) Percentage of the recommended daily intake
Coca Cola 34mg 8.75%
Pepsi 35mg to 38mg 8.75%
Mountain Dew 54mg 13.5%
Fanta Orange 0 0%
Sprite 0 0%
7Up 0 0%

The data is provided by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

From the table, you can see that 1 can of Mountain Dew has 13.5% of the recommended daily caffeine intake.

And so doing a rough calculation, there aren’t any negative health effects from the caffeine content in Mountain Dew unless you drink more than 6 cans a day.

Or, 67 oz (2 liters) of Mountain Dew a day.

The FDA says that the negative health effects of drinking too much caffeine are:

  • insomnia
  • jitters
  • anxiousness
  • fast heart rate
  • upset stomach
  • nausea
  • headache
  • a feeling of unhappiness (dysphoria)

The doctors at Healthline also state the following symptoms can occur from caffeine overdose, and if you have any of these you should seek immediate healthcare treatment:

  • trouble breathing
  • vomiting
  • hallucinations
  • confusion
  • chest pain
  • irregular or fast heartbeat
  • uncontrollable muscle movements
  • convulsions

Does Mountain Dew damage the liver?

Does Mountain Dew damage the liver

If you drink more than 1 can of Mountain Dew per day you do risk developing fatty liver disease according to Harvard Medical School.

However, as long as you keep your daily sugar intake below 36g as recommended by the American Heart Association, Mountain Dew doesn’t damage the liver.

Harvard Medical School also says that you also increase your risk of developing heart disease and diabetes if you drink more than 1 can a day of Mountain Dew.

Due to the amount of sugar that’s in it.

Does Mountain Dew increase weight?

Does Mountain Dew increase weight

Mountain Dew does not increase your weight on it’s own.

But, it does contain 135 calories per can.

If you consume more calories than you burn off with exercise your body will store it as excess body fat, and you will put on weight.

The recommended calorie intake per day is:

  • 2,500 calories per day for men
  • 2,000 calories per day for women

As stated by

However, if you have a lot of muscle mass – for example, if you lift weights, then you’ll need to consume more calories to maintain your body weight.

And if you have a slim build then you won’t need as many calories as someone who has more muscle mass.

When you consume fewer calories than what your body uses up, it creates a calorie deficit and your body will use up the calories in your fat stores to fuel your body, and you’ll lose weight.

What does Mountain Dew do to your stomach?

What does Mountain Dew do to your stomach

According to an article by Live Science, Mountain Dew doesn’t have any effect on your stomach in people who have a healthy digestive tract.

Mountain Dew and other sodas are slightly acidic, and if you have a preexisting stomach condition it can make stomach ulcers, or stomach cancer worse.

In the article, they state that Mountain Dew has a similar acidity to fruit juice, and isn’t cause for concern regarding the health of your stomach and digestive system unless you have a preexisting condition.

When in doubt it’s best to consult with a medical professional.

As you may be aware, it’s a common myth that a coin can dissolve in Coca Cola.

However, this has been shown to be false through different experiments where people tried it.

I talked about these experiments in my what can coke dissolve? article.

Is Mountain Dew bad for your kidneys?

Is Mtn Dew bad for your kidneys

Mtn Dew also called Mountain Dew is not bad for your kidneys.

However, the National Kidney Foundation has stated that if you have an existing kidney condition you should consult a medical professional regarding drinking Mountain Dew because of the phosphoric acid it contains.

Phosphoric acid is also present in nearly every soda and is used as a flavor enhancer, and as a preservative.

Because phosphoric acid is slightly acidic, it makes the soda inhospitable for mold and bacteria to grow and extends the shelf life of sodas.

I recently wrote what is cherry phosphate?  if you’re interested in what phosphoric acid is, and how it’s used in food and drink.

Will Mountain Dew give you kidney stones?

Will Mountain Dew give you kidney stones

According to Robert J Cornell a doctor specializing in Urology in Houston, Texas, Mountain Dew does not give you kidney stones, provided you drink it as part of a healthy diet which he explains here.

And as long as you don’t substitute soda as your recommended daily water intake.

They do, however, give a blanket recommendation to drink the least amount of soda you can for overall health.

He also says that the issue arises because of the caffeine in Mountain Dew which makes you need to pee sooner than normal.

This dehydrates your body leading to increased levels of other chemicals in your body which turn into kidney stones.

Summing Up

Here’s a summary of the main points I covered about the health benefits of Mountain Dew:

Mountain Dew does not have any health effects, and consumed in small amounts is neutral for your health.

Mountain Dew contains a high amount of sugar, and 1 can of it has enough sugar to reach your recommended daily sugar intake.

Therefore, it’s best not to drink more than 1 can per day.

Excessive sugar consumption leads to health issues such as diabetes and heart diseases.

Mountain Dew also contains caffeine, however, you’d need to drink 6 cans of Mountain Dew in one day to go over the recommended daily caffeine limit.

Mountain Dew doesn’t cause you to put on weight and doesn’t cause any issues with your stomach or kidneys.