Sugar Kills is on Pause.


Over the last several years, my students have been writing extensively about the amount of added sugar in the foods that we eat on a regular basis.  That work has been incredibly rewarding for me:  Watching students educate others and raise awareness about an issue of such importance is just plain cool.

We are, however, taking a bit of a pause in our work.

Know that the content we have created here will never go away — and that it is likely we will start creating new content again someday.  For the time being, though, there won’t be a ton of new content to explore.

Hope that makes sense,

Bill Ferriter

The teacher behind the Sugar Kills gang.

The Gaming Lifestyle



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The gamer diet, a 2 liter bottle of Mt. Dew and a family sized bag of Doritos. Even though the meal may sound good, it is anything but.

To start of a regular sized bottle (12 fl oz) of the Dew has 46.3 grams of sugar! Now you may think that that alone is ridiculous and you would be right, because, that is practically all the sugar in this combo. That is because a bag of Doritos (11 oz) has only a tiny 1 gram of sugar.

This combo may not be as bad if you were to go on a run or play a sport, but, gamers can’t sacrifice their precious time on unimportant things like that. I mean, those levels aren’t going to complete themselves!


Your 8-Gram Hero,


The World’s Biggest Sugar Producer… Is Limiting Sugar!


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Before the holiday season New Delhi, and India, are limiting their sugar production, but for what reason?

You might be thinking that they are trying to be healthy, but really it is a way to earn more money. Sugar mills are not allowed to hold more than 8 percent of their output by the end of October. 

Basically, what that means is whatever amount of sugar they produce, they can only sell 8 percent of it. For example if they have 100 grams of sugar in stock, (Not actual amount.) then they can only sell 8 grams of it.

That basically means that sugar from New Delhi will cost more, so some of your favorite goods might increase in price. Giving them more money.


-Jadon Wellum

Edited by Hannah L, Rachel I, and Grace T


Is Healthy Food Really Healthy?

It’s obvious that a doughnut is unhealthy. You know that cookies have a lot of sugar. You know junk food is unhealthy, because it’s junk food.

But what about the foods you think are healthy.

For example yogurt’s healthy, right?

Or is it?

Take a guess at how much sugar is really in yogurt?

There are 8.55 grams of added sugar in a Chobani yogurt.  That’s over half of your day’s sugar allotment.

Here’s another example: Cranberries are healthy right?

They are. Half a cup of raw cranberries contains 2 grams of natural sugar. Cranberries are healthy, but no one likes raw cranberries because they’re too bitter, so companies dry them, jam pack them with sugar before they sell them to you. You think they’re healthy, because they’re fruit, so you buy them.

But if you look, a half a cup of dried cranberries contains 23.4g of added sugar!

Have I convinced you yet?

Foods you may think are healthy may not actually be healthy. Many contain hidden sugars designed to make them taste better to you.

In fact, 74% of packaged foods in an average grocery store have added sugar in them.

That’s a lot. That means 7 out of 10 items in the grocery store have added sugar in them. So you really have to be careful when you go grocery shopping.

So beware next time you go grocery shopping.


By:Hannah Loram

Evil Bar of Butter

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It has a sweet buttery inside, but what is really inside? Butterfingers are delicious, but are they really worth it?

One Butterfinger blows your whole sugar intake for the day in just one bar!  It’s hard to believe that there are 24 grams of sugar in just one candy bar.

Do you really want to waste your sugar intake for the whole day on just one bar of deliciousness? It makes you wonder how much sugar is in inside of foods.

We’re not saying to never have sugar, just make sure you don’t eat Butterfingers nonstop.



By: Hannah and Kayla

Don’t you love your Skittles?


Ever had a Skittles pouch?

I bet you have, and you probably loved them.

But, are you ready to hear the dark side of Skittles?

Here we go!

1/4, of a cup of Skittles has a mind blowing 30.6 grams of sugar — and listen to this: You’re only supposed to have 24 grams of sugar a day.

Think about that.

See the problem?

You’re 6 grams of sugar above what you should have in a day. In only  1/4 of a cup of Skittles!

By: Shiv Z

Krispy Kreme VS. Dunkin Donuts

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Have you ever had a donut from Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme?  Well, you can eat Krispy Kreme donuts and get 1 more gram of sugar than a Dunkin Donuts donut. Dunkin Donuts has 9 grams of sugar in their glazed donuts. Krispy Kreme has 10 grams of sugar in their glazed donuts. This means that you are in for about the same with both donut brands.


Krispy Kreme 10g

Dunkin Dounuts 9g


By: Kaylee Richeson, Dabney Holmes, Sophie Beck, Arianna Barone

Edited by: Rachel I.


The New York Times Is On To Something

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Want to know how much sugar you eat each day?

Then you should go to this awesome interactive quiz by The New York Times. Basically what you can do is go through your daily foods and see how much added sugar you consume.

They have a good variety of foods and it’s very accurate. It’s also mind blowing how much sugar there is in average foods. One of the coolest parts of this is that if you scroll down you see how you blew the sugar, you can see how much sugar is in each piece of food.

I had some members at Sugar Kills and Kiva try this and there was a big variety of amounts. Some had 10 grams, another had 46 grams, one even had as high as 151 grams of sugar! I personally got 25 grams of sugar, but something tells me that we all won’t follow that exactly.



By: Jadon Wellum

We’re Back!

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After a refreshing track-out we are back and training more kids for our club! The summer was hot and the lemonade was tasty. We hope to make many more posts about sugar and about moon pies. Do you have any questions? How about any suggestions or requests? Feel free to leave a comment. We are looking forward to a great year!

Fruit…In A Can


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When you crack open that sweet can of peaches…and it spills all over you.

The thing is, a half of a can of peaches (3.5 oz) has 13 grams of sugar. A peach (3.5 oz) has 8 grams of sugar (Take a look at our natural vs added sugar post) and that is just in HALF of the can of peaches.

So subtracting the amount of natural sugar…Multiplying by pi…dividing by the gravitational constant…It gives us 5 grams of added sugar per half can of peaches, so 10 grams of added sugar per full can.

That means in just one can of peaches you get about half of your daily recommended sugar intake.