Sugar

October 17, 2016

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According to the American Heart Association, the recommended amounts of daily sugar intake are:

Women: 6 teaspoons
Men: 9 teaspoons
Children: 3 teaspoons

Here are some foods that contain sugar. You may be surprised! Read labels carefully.

– Condiments, such as ketchup and relish
– Pasta Sauce
– Soda and other sweetened drinks
– Peanut Butter
– Soups
– Salad Dressing
– Cereals
– Bread
– Granola Bars
– Yogurt

How do you know how much sugar is in a product? You can figure it out by doing some quick and easy math:

4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon = 1 sugar cube
12 teaspoons = 1/4 cup sugar

Divide the number of grams of sugar by 4 to find the number of teaspoons.
Then multiply the teaspoons of sugar by the servings per container.
Voila! You have the amount of sugar in the product.

Example:
A 20 ounce bottle of Coke has 27 grams of sugar. Divide the 27 grams by 4. That’s 6.75 teaspoons of sugar.
There are 2.5 servings per container. Multiply the 6.75 teaspoons of sugar by 2.5 servings. That’s 16.875 teaspoons of sugar, or rounded up, 17 teaspoons.
That means there are 17 teaspoons or cubes of sugar in one 20 ounce bottle of Coke, almost three times the recommended amount of daily sugar intake for women and almost six times the recommended amount for children.

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