Archive for June, 2013

YIKES – one snack can be ALOT of sugar

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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 because I want you to know what is considered an “ok” daily intake first. According to the American Heart Association, women should limit their daily 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; a familiar 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 could add 31.9 teaspoons of sugar and 595 calories to your (or your kid’s) diet if consumed all at once.  Crazy, shocking stuff!!!

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31.8 teaspoons

 

Simple math!!!

Monday, June 17th, 2013

The nutrient label on your favorite drink is helpful, right?  For example, the label on a 20-ounce bottle of Hawaiian Punch says it has 29 grams of sugar per serving. Good information, right?  I mean . . . grams are a whole lot less than ounces, and Hawaiian Punch is almost juice, right?

Well, I hate to tell you, it’s not completely right.  Food/beverage labeling is definitely a step in the right direction but very few people can look at a label and quickly know if the item is a healthy choice or not.

Here’s the reality.  A 20-ounce bottle of Hawaiian Punch actually contains over 18 teaspoons of sugar.  Yes, 18 teaspoons!  Imagine adding 18 teaspoons of sugar to your morning coffee.  You wouldn’t do it, and you wouldn’t knowingly give your children that much sugar either.

Because we’ve all grown up with teaspoons in our kitchens, we can visualize how much a teaspoon amount is, and we know without a doubt that 18 of them are a lot!  A teaspoon is a much more easily understood and recognized measurement than a gram. Can you visualize how much a gram is?  Probably not.

Remember . . .  “one” teaspoon of sugar is approximately equal to four grams of sugar.  Simple math!!!

Up and Running again!!

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Finally, my health blog, A Teaspoon of Sugar, is up and running again. I’ll be posting sugar levels for many popular food and beverage items every week.  Meanwhile, take a minute and read through my previous posts and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.