Archive for April, 2010

YIKES . . . one snack can be 31.9 teaspoons of sugar

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Whoaaaa – I know it’s hard to believe but one simple snack can be three times the amount of sugar that’s considered an “ok” daily intake amount.  I say “ok” because there really isn’t a recommended daily “healthy” amount since sugar in the form of Sucrose or High Fructose Corn Syrup isn’t needed in any amounts.  In other words, added sugars have zero nutritional value.

 

Wait . . . don’t look below just yet at the 31.9 sugar teaspoon snack below because I want you to know what is considered an “ok” daily intake first. According to the American Heart Association, women should limit their sugar consumption to 6 teaspoons (or 24 grams), and men should limit intake to no more than 9 teaspoons (or 36 grams).  And kids . . . those humans who love, love, love sugar . . . should consume even less per day.  Preschoolers – no more than 4 teaspoons (or 16 grams); elementary school age kids – no more than 3 teaspoons (or 12 grams); and pre-teens and teenagers – no more than 5 to 8 teaspoons (or 20 to 32 grams).

Now get ready to be shocked and check out the snack below; one consumed at baseball games, town parks, amusment parks or anywhere there might be a concession stand.  A Hawaiian Punch drink, a bag of Skittles candy and a lollipop can add 31.9 teaspoons of sugar and 595 calories if consumed all at once.  Crazy, shocking stuff!!!

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31.8 teaspoons

 

Tootsie Roll Pop

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

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Serving Size:  1 Tootsie Pop

Servings:  1

Calories:  45 calories

Sugar:  8 grams or approximately 2 teaspoons

teaspoon= 1 teaspoon = approximately 4 grams

 

* This may not seem like a lot of sugar but it can be especially if it’s consumed along with other high sugary foods/beverages !  Next week we’ll add this small lollipop to other sugary snacks!

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.