Category: Fruit

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.

#newyorktimes

#checkyoursugar

By: Jadon Wellum

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.

#justeatthefruit

Thomas

Juices and Smoothies Snackdown!


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You thought both juices and smoothies are healthy, but their’s one that’s superior to the other.

There are many different factors that can affect this. A homemade smoothie or juice is better than store bought, and what you use in your smoothie/juice can change the results but here are the facts: An all-fruit smoothie has less sugar and more fiber than a fruit juice.

You may be asking, “What is this fiber and how does it make a smoothie better?” Basically, fiber is a carbohydrate your body cannot break down, so because of that it leaves your body feeling much fuller. When you make juice, although you get a lot of nutrients, you don’t get the filling fiber, making you want more food.

So basically, both are fairly healthy choices, but if you want to be filled, smoothies are you best choice.

Written by: Jadon W

Go Go Get to Squeezing

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Go go get to squeezing!!

Every day at lunch time my dad puts a go go squeeze into my lunch box for a healthy snack. I wanted to see if it actually was a healthy snack. So when I researched it, it was actually pretty healthy.

It was rated a B. Which in Middle school language means that it is really good. It has 60 calories, 12 grams of sugar, and you can bring the go go squeeze really anywhere. So go go get squeezing.

#sugarfreesqueeze

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The “Naked” Truth

 

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You thought all fruit and vegetable juice would be healthy for you, well you thought wrong!

Those bottles, those 15.2 ounce bottles labeled, “Naked Juice” claim to have no added sugar, which is true, but it doesn’t mean it has low amounts of sugar.  One bottle has 46.9 grams of sugar! That’s almost double the amount of sugar you should have daily. Granted that is mostly natural sugar, which is healthier, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t healthy for you.

You may ask why those juices are so unhealthy for you when they don’t even really fill you up. The reason is because when you juice a fruit, you lose the fiber content of the fruit but you still get all of the sugar. That’s why you can eat 2 apples and feel near full, but when you drink the juice of 2 apples you still want more.

#thenakedtruth

Written By: Jadon W

Yoplait vs Chobani

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Yoplait is a silent killer.

Yoplait has 9 more grams of sugar than another popular brand, Chobani. Yoplait has 26 grams of sugar in a 6 ounce container, but Chobani has only 17 grams of sugar in a 6 ounce container.

So next time your mom says that you should have a yogurt because they are healthy, choose Chobani instead of Yoplait.

#ItIsSoBad

-Josh N.

Edited by Daniel C.

Top Five Most Exotic Fruits

Looking for an exotic fruit to impress your friends? Here’s a list of a few with the sugar stats! Remember… all of these fruits contain natural sugar which doesn’t count for your daily 24 grams.

5. The Rambutan is a sweet Malaysian fruit that contains 0 grams of sugar! This a great tasting exotic fruit option.

4. The Dragon Fruit is an East Asian delicacy that contains only 8 grams of natural sugar! This is a good option to eat, and it will impress your friends with its bright outer pink shell.

3. Number 3 has 7 grams of sugar in an average serving size. It’s the Philippine Carambola, or “Star Fruit.” You may have heard of this sweet, tangy fruit in the classic video game, Fruit Ninja.

2. The Ackee is an African fruit that was smuggled over seas to the Caribbean and it has flourished its way into the Jamaican food culture. It can hold up to 2 grams of sugar in the buds, which is the only part you should eat since the other parts are  highly poisonous.

1. The odd Squared Watermelon. You might think that its is a fake, but it actually is grown in Japan’s local markets. This awkward melon packs the same amount of sugar as a normal melon’s serving – 9.4 grams of natural sugar in one slice.

This concludes our post on exotic fruits. We hope you make a good decision, and if you chose the Ackee, make sure to only eat the buds!

#FruitForThought

#ExoticEntrée

-By Dylan J. and Conor A.

Sweetin the sour

 This video is about an edible tablet that has zero grams of sugar is supposed to make sour things sweet. That is amazing!

We all enjoy sweet things, but sometimes sugary food is not healthy for us. This video shows us a pill that will change your taste buds so that sour things taste sweet. Now instead of eating sugary foods, we can trick our taste buds into thinking sour foods are sweet.

One of the only problems is the price, and the amount of times you would have to eat it to keep things sweet. Also, someone might get addicted to the tablet. Those are the only problems that we came up with that could affect your body or mind. I think the fact that a tablet can make a non-sugary food taste sweet without adding sugar is incredible!

#SuperSweet

#Bitter Sweet

 By:Mac

Edited by: Lili E.

Bananas versus Apples – A Healthy Comparison

Bananas vs. Apple

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After school, you open the refrigerator door looking for a healthy option…

You find a banana and a Granny Smith apple. Both look good, but you want to choose the most beneficial option. You go on the Sugar Kills blog, and find out that the apple has 10.5 grams, while the banana only has 6.7 grams! They’re both healthy choices and have natural sugars, which don’t count toward the daily sugar count.

#bananagrams

#appleycrappily

– Conor A.

Exploring Nature’s Candy!

When you’re looking for something sweet, instead of regular candy, try nature’s candy: Fruit!

Have a few fruits a day, it will make you stronger, healthier, and happier.

  • Strawberry – Strawberries are delicious and good for you because they only have 1.6 grams of natural sugar for 5 strawberries.
  • Oranges – Oranges are good for you because they only have 9 grams of natural sugar for one orange.
  • Bananas – Bananas are great to eat, relive stress, and are yummy. They have 14.4 grams of natural sugar.
  • Grapes – Grapes are delicious and they have 19 grams of natural sugar, when you have 25 grapes.
  • Apples – Apples are amazing to eat and they have 18.6 grams of natural sugar so it will still be good for you.

#ADDEDsugarkills

By Jessie G., Claire C., Faith C.