Weighing Matters

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as if that wasn’t enough . . .

There are no coincidences!

Everything is on purpose! Yesterday I researched SUGAR on-line and then blogged about it. Today I heard a segment on the Today Show and this is what I learned:

Americans are swallowing more than 22 teaspoons of extra sugar a day. And it’s killing us one teaspoon at a time! Most of it comes from candy, soft drinks, sugared dry cereal and ice cream!

Let’s break it all down and test our sugar IQ!

1.    How many extra calories a day are we packing on with this added sugar? Is it 100 calories? 250 calories? Or 350 calories a day?

2.    Let’s translate this into how many pounds a year. With 22 extra teaspoons of sugar a day, how many pounds would you gain in a year? 10 pounds? 20 pounds? Or 30 pounds?

3.    Which of these has more sugar? A small chocolate bar? Or 4 vines of red licorice?

4.    Does a 6 ounce glass of 100% grape juice have more or less than 6 teaspoons of sugar?

5.    What percent of breakfast cereal is sugar [such as Fruit Loops or Frosted Corn Flakes. Even Frosted Mini Wheat!] 25%? 35%? Or 50%?

6.    How many teaspoons of sugar would you save if you replaced three chocolate chip cookies with a bowl of Smart Pop microwave popcorn? Would you save? 8 teaspoons? 14 teaspoons, or 18 teaspoons of sugar?

7.    If you are looking at using jelly or jam, and you have 2 tablespoons of regular preserves or sugar free, [such as Simply Fruit brand] how many teaspoons of sugar would you save if you had the sugar free? 2? 4? Or 6 teaspoons of sugar?

8.    Does a regular sized [not gigantic or super sized] vanilla milkshake have 20, 25, or 30 teaspoons of sugar?

Answers:

1.    350
2.    30
3.    Both have a lot of sugar; chocolate bar has 6, licorice has 4!
4.    more, 10 teaspoons
5.    50%
6.    18 teaspoons!
7.    6 teaspoons
8.    25 teaspoons.

I mean would you really stand at the kitchen counter and dip out 25 teaspoons of sugar into a glass of milk?

And what happens if you have a day when you just happen to have Frosted Mini Wheat for breakfast, a chocolate bar for a snack, a good healthy regular lunch, but a vanilla shake later in the evening?  Holy cow! That’s over 60 teaspoons of sugar in one day.

Is this Satan’s plan? I mean, get us all hyped up, or depressed, dysfunctional, so we can’t focus on what’s really important? Is the AMA pushing sugar much like the tobacco industry does it’s dirty work? Are we just irresponsible and ignorant when it comes to sugar? Why would we knowingly consume 150 -170 pounds of sugar a year?

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I used to work in a grocery store and I often stocked the bake aisle. The big bag of sugar is 25 pounds, so that means the average American consumes six to seven huge bags of sugar a year [I’m not talking about the 5 or 10 # size. I’m talking about the bag you have to get a wagon to carry! The size you put into food storage!] [I’m talking about the one with the big plastic handle!]

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August 27, 2009 - Posted by | Weight just a minute

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