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

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

 

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