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Skittles – 2.17 oz = 11.8 teaspoons of sugar

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

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Serving Size:  One bag

Servings/Container:  One

Calories:  250 Calories

Sugar:  47 grams

Teaspoons of sugar:  approximately 11.8 teaspoons

teaspoon= 1 teaspoon = approximately 4 grams

Sugar and Tooth Decay

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Teenagers drink twice as much soda as milk today compared to 20 years ago.  The quantity and frequency of soda and sugar-filled snack consumption is strongly linked to tooth decay.  The upper front teeth are susceptible from beverages and the back teeth are damaged from sticky, chewy candies, gummies and lollipops.  

The sugar we eat/drink mixes with the salvia and bacteria in our mouths to create a sticky polysaccharide called dextran that causes dental plaque.  This ultimately destroys the tooth’s enamel and cavities are formed . . . the end result is deterioration!

The longer sugar stays in the mouth, the more damage.  Next week I’ll start a series to determine the sugar teaspoon amounts for lollipops and sticky, chewy candy that kids and teenagers are consuming everyday.  I’m fairly certain you’ll be surprised.

Mott’s Apple Juice – 14 fl oz – 12 teaspoons of sugar

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

12 teaspoonssugary drinks 004                        Serving Size:  14 fl oz

Servings/Container:  1 serving

Calories:  200 calories

Sugar:  48 grams per serving and per container

Teaspoons of sugar/container:  approximately 12 teaspoons of sugar (48 divided by 4 = 12)



= 1 tsp = approximately 4 grams


This is not a bad choice even though it has a lot of calories and 12 teaspoons of sugar.  The sugar listed on the ingredient list is NOT High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS); therefore, it’s probably a more natural fructose sugar (not a processed sweetener from corn).

Next week I’ll explain the differences between Sucrose (table sugar) and High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Minute Maid Cranberry Apple Raspberry 15.2 fl oz = 15 teaspoons of sugar

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Serving Size:  8 fl oz

Servings/Container:  2 servings

Calories:  120 per serving or 240 per container (120 x 2 = 240)

Sugar:  30 grams per serving or 60 grams per container (30 x 2 = 60)

Teaspoons of Sugar/Container:  approximately 15 teaspoons (60 grams of sugar divided by 4 = 15 teaspoons of sugar)

teaspoon= 1 tsp = approximately 4 grams


Wow – that’s a lot of sugar to have with a breakfast (or a lunch or a dinner), don’t you think?

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Heart Disease

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Many people believe juice drinks, i.e., apple, orange or grape juice, are a healthy choice.  And in moderate amounts, they may be considered marginally healthy.  Unfortunately, the extraordinary magnitude with which people consume these fruit drinks is cause for alarm since most juice drinks are sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).  In the past HFCS was considered a better choice than sucrose (table sugar) because it is primarily metabolized by the liver and does not cause the blood insulin spike that the glucose or sucrose molecule does.  

What we have learned, however, is when large amounts of HFCS are metabolized through the liver; a person tends to experience a significant increase in blood triglyceride levels as well as cholesterol levels.  And we all know what that means – increased risk for heart disease.

Therefore, all the adults who are trying to lower their cholesterol levels by reducing their intake of saturated fats and high fatty foods but are still consuming juices with HFCS should rethink their beverage choice.  Read the label, look for sugar amounts, do the math (4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon of sugar) and check the ingredient list for type of sugar, i.e., HFCS.

SoBe Life Water – 20 fl oz – 6.25 teaspoons of sugar

Friday, March 5th, 2010

sugary drinks 006Serving Size:  8 fluid ounces

Servings per container:  2.5 servings

Calories:  40 per serving or 100 per container (2.5 x 40 = 100)

Sugar:  10 grams per serving or 25 grams per container (2.5 x 10 = 25)

Teaspoons of Sugar per container:  approximately 6.25 teaspoons (25 grams divided by 4 = 6.5)

6.25 tsp        teaspoon

 =  1 teaspoon of sugar = approximately 4 grams of sugar

Tiger Gatorade – 16.9 fl oz – 7 teaspoons of sugar

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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sugary drinks 010Serving Size:  8 fluid ounces

Serving/Container:  2 servings

Calories:  50 per serving or 100 per container (50 x 2 = 100)

Sugar:  14 grams per serving or 28 grams per container (14 x 2 = 28)

Teaspoons of sugar/container: 

28 grams divided by 4 = approximately 7 teaspoons of sugar

teaspoon= 1 teaspoon = approximately 4 grams of sugar

Gatorade – 20 fl oz – 8.75 teaspoons of sugar

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Serving  Size:  8 fluid ounces

Servings per Container:  2.5 servings

Calories:  50 calories per serving or 125 calories per container (50 x 2.5 = 125)

Sugar:  14 grams per serving or 35 grams per container (14 x 2.5 = 35)

Teaspoons of sugar per container:  approximately 8.75 teaspoons of sugar/container

teaspoon= 1 teaspoon = approximately 4 grams of sugar

Sport Drinks and Juice Beverages

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Many people incorrectly think sports drinks and juice beverages are a healthy choice.  After all, doesn’t juice provide vitamins and minerals?  Aren’t sports drinks full of needed electrolytes?  The answer – it depends on how much and how often you consume these beverages.

Drinking juice or sports drinks throughout the day can add up to 300 or more extra calories in a person’s diet.  A 15-ounce bottle of orange juice has 220 calories and 48 grams of sugar (or 12 teaspoons of sugar), and a 20-ounce bottle of PowerAde has 175 calories and 37.5 grams of sugar (or over 9 teaspoons of sugar).  Look for next week’s posting of Gatorade.

Don’t be fooled by the word “sport” on the label.  These drinks are being advertised as “liquid hydration” and “electrolyte replacement” for young, active children.  But what are electrolytes anyway?

Electrolytes are the minerals sodium, potassium and chloride, and they are abundantly found in many foods, e.g., breads, eggs, nuts, meats and milk.  It is true that a body does need these minerals, but rarely does a body lose them.  Only the ultimate athlete, tri-athlete or marathon runner may be at risk of losing electrolytes.  Children who exercise for an hour or play sports for two hours are not losing electrolytes, but they can become dehydrated.  Replenishing lost fluids with water should be  the objective – not replenishing lost fluids with high calorie and high sugary drinks.

Obviously the negative effects from consuming too many of these drinks significantly outweigh their moderate nutritional benefits.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children between the ages of 7 and 18 drink only 8 to 12 ounces of juice a day.

Children are drinking too many calories on a regular basis and they are gaining weight from the very same beverages that parents think are healthy.  Most parents want to be more conscientious about the right drink choice but misleading advertisments make it confusing.  Remember the Hawaiian Punch posting (September 15, 2009).  The label on this 20-ounce bottle is telling consumers that it offers 100% of the daily Vitamin C requirment.  Yet, it also offers 300 calories and 18 teaspoons of sugar.

Take the time to read drink labels.  Don’t forget to multiply the number of calories and sugar grams by the number of servings – what looks like 15 grams of sugar for a 32 ounce bottle of Gatorade is actually 60 grams once you do the math (15 grams x 4 servings = 60 grams).  Don’t forget to divide this number by 4 in order to get the teaspoon amount (a more familiar measurement) – 15 teaspoons.

Sunkist – 20 fl oz – 21.8 teaspoons of sugar

Monday, February 1st, 2010

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Serving size:  8 fluid ounces

Servings/Container:  2.5

Calories:  130 per serving or 325 per container (130 x 2.5 = 325)

Sugar:  35 grams per serving or 87.5 grams per container (35 x 2.5 = 87.5)

Teaspoons of sugar per container:  87.5 grams divided by 4 = approximately 21.87 teaspoons of sugar (WOW!!!! – Alot of sugar!!)

teaspoon= 1 teaspoon = approximately 4 grams