Archive for March, 2010

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