Simple math!!!

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!!!

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