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Only 24 Grams of Sugar a Day? Hehe- Oops!

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Just recently I found an article called 6 Surprising Sources of Sugar.  What really surprised me was this statistic:  “On average Americans consume 475 calories of added sugar every day (that’s 30 teaspoons).”

Think about this:  There are about 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon. That means if you do the math, on average Americans consume 120 grams of sugar every day! If you are supposed to consume only 24 grams a day, that means you consume exactly 5 days of sugar every day.

Stated another way, the average American eats 5 TIMES the amount of sugar that they should every single day!

#mindboggling

#areyoufollowingtherecommendation?

#sugarkills

By: Jadon W.

New American Diet Rules

“A national embarrassment . . . a betrayal of the diligent work of nutrition scientists, and a willful sacrifice of public health on the altar of profit for well-organized special interests.”

That’s just one of the responses to the 2015-2020 diet rules for Americans. The guidelines are put into five main areas.

  • Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. Eating patterns are the combination of foods and drinks that a person eats over time.
  • Focus on variety, nutrient-dense foods, and amount.
  • Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats, and reduce sodium intake.
  • Shift to healthier food and beverage choices.
  • Support healthy eating patterns for all.

These dietary rules are said to be based on scientific fact, but other food scientists are countering that by saying they are too vague or that they don’t make sense.  The guidelines also state that less than 10% of your daily intake of calories should come from added sugars and 10% should come from saturated fats.

It is said that the average American should consume:

  • A variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy and other vegetables.
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits.
  • Grains, at least half of which are whole grains.
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages.
  • A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), soy products, and nuts and seeds.
  • Oils, including those from plants: canola, corn, olive, peanut, safflower, soybean, and sunflower. Oils also are naturally present in nuts, seeds, seafood, olives, and avocados.

That is a basic idea of the new American dietary guidelines. Click here for a link to the guidelines in full.  Comment what you think the new guidelines are: too vague, or just right?

#eathealthy

#sugarkills

By: Thomas K.

Edited by: Rohan K.

 

Sugar is Killing Us

 

Watch this video that we found. It has some great statistics about the sugar that is killing us.

A shocking statistic from the video is that 80% of the foods you eat have high fructose corn syrup. That means 8 out of every 10 things you eat have added sugar.

#CantBeAGoodThing

By Josh N. and Krish P.

Dark Chocolate Vs Milk Chocolate

Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate

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There is reason why milk chocolate is so sweeeeeet, while dark chocolate is bitter.

Everyone knows that chocolate bars contain a lot of sugar. But have you figured out which chocolate―dark or milk―is better? Well, one ounce of milk chocolate contains 14.6g of sugar. The size of one ounce is even smaller than a regular milk chocolate bar!

For dark chocolate, one ounce contains 6.8g of sugar.

Still not a small amount, but surely better.

#Dark_KO

By: Grace K.

Is it Light or Heavy

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When you hear the prefix “light” what do you think:

a. not as heavy

b. better for you

c. a rip off by the marketing company to trick you into buying a product

Well, if you thought 1/3 fewer calories or 50% less fat or sodium you are correct! But companies can’t just remove the fats or lower the number of calories without making the flavor different.  So oftentimes, they may add extra calories, sugar, additives or chemicals to make the products taste just as good as the original.

That means there may be extra sugars in your foods.

I would say, stick with your regular foods but cut down on your serving sizes.

#lightisthenewheavy

By:Thomas K.

Slide By:Matthew N.

Is It Called HONEY or SUGAR?

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How did Winnie the Pooh get ill? The reason was a sugar attack!

One tablespoon of honey contains 17.2 g of sugar. It is a little bit more than two-thirds of your recommended daily sugar! If you had two tablespoons of honey, you already ate much more sugar than you are supposed to eat in one day. I don’t know if honey should be called ‘SUGAR’ or ‘HONEY’.

So DO NOT, NEVER EVER, eat more than one tablespoon of terribly sugary honey!

#SugarAttack

By: Grace K.

The Last Three Years – a Not-So-Brief History of #Sugarkills

As 8th graders, we are very much looking forward to graduation. But one of the things we will miss about our school is the work we have done on the #sugarkills blog.

Over the past 3 years, coming up and working on #sugarkills has always been a highlight of the day. From this blog, we have learned a lot about sugar, blogging, and most importantly, ourselves. The special thing about us is that we aren’t the kind of kids you would expect to write a blog about sugar, yet we really enjoy working on it. We have all developed our roles on the blog, and we all really enjoy what we do, which is why we have come back to write almost every school day for the past 3 years.

The #sugarkills blog all started in the fall of 2012 when the mayor of New York City was trying to impose a sugar ban on the city. This sparked debates in class and led to the creation of our #sugarkills blog. The in-class debates and further research led to a lot of interest in sugar and how it affects your body. Our first couple posts were created out of curiosity of the amount of sugar in our favorite foods.

But as the blog grew, our content was generated from more than just curiosity. We started receiving requests from those who view our blog, and we started to write about news relating to sugar and health. This led us to our first big post, Daniel’s Natural vs. Added Sugar post. This post has been a huge post since the day it went up.  It led us to record highs in page views and comments. This post brought even more attention to our blog.

The increasing success in our blog got us a interview with Middleweb. This was huge for our blog because not only would our current readers learn more about us, but a whole new group of readers would learn about our blog! The day our interview got published, March 17th, 2013, we changed from just a couple of random 6th graders to credible writers.

The combination of our publicity from Middleweb, plus Mr. Ferriter writing about us on his blog, generated hundreds of page views a day (for a few days, at least). It still blows my mind that a bunch of 12-year-olds could have their creation read by 200 people, and change the way those people think about sugar. One of the comments I still remember to this day was from this women in Australia, who left us a comment saying that her grandfather with type 2 diabetes changed the way he eats because of our blog.

Then, on May 19th, we got our highest ever page views in one day: 863. Unfortunately, it was from a group of people hating on our blog. They claimed that we were “fat shaming,” or posting too much about the bad effects of sugar. We learned a couple lessons from that day:

  1. If you are writing online, there will be people that will hate on your blog. They will claim that you are lying, or writing useless information (like that doesn’t happen on the internet).
  2. As a blog, we needed to write more healthy options posts so that we don’t get accused of being overly biased or “fat shaming.” Looking back on the this, I think we still need to include more healthy posts on our blog. We never wrote nearly enough healthy posts to keep up with all the “sugar is deadly” posts we write.

Then, the day that ever kid dreads: the end of the school year came. The entire #sugarkills gang was so (not) heartbroken. But we knew that the new school year could bring the end to our time with #sugarkills. None of us wanted that to happen. But thankfully, our school started developing time for enrichment projects like #sugarkills.

Although 7th grade was a slow year, we completed one important goal. We kept this blog going. We knew going into 8th grade we would have a group of experienced* bloggers working on #sugarkills. That summer, we knew that we could accomplish something special as a blog the next year.

At the beginning of the year, we put up our 150th post! But another important thing we achieved is that we developed a group of (kind of) talented 6th graders to succeed us next year so that the blog will go on. As 8th graders, we were scared and excited about the future of the blog after we left.

Then, we saw our biggest controversy as a blog. It came with the name fitness guy,” or as we like to call him, Mr. Guy. He harshly criticized the credibility of the content of our blog. He claimed that a part of our Natural vs. Added Sugar post was “wholly false.” We went back and checked, and it turned out he was right. There was an error in our content that we went back and fixed. But that wasn’t the important part of the exchange. The part that we learned a lot from was the language he used when pointing out our mistake. Here is what Mr. Guy left us:

The information on this page is very wrong. Please, educate yourself for a few moments via a simple Google search. Remove this false information from the internet.

The immediate lesson learned is that dialogue through a computer screen is much different then a conversation face to face would be. People generally feel more powerful typing a comment rather then talking to someone in real life, due to the anonymity of the internet.

The other lesson is that some of our readers don’t realize we are just middle-schoolers. That’s both good and bad. Good, because that means our writing makes us sound like adults, but bad because people will respond to us like we are adults. In this situation, it led to comments using language that isn’t generally used in a classroom setting.

This goes with the lesson we learned from an incident in 6th grade. No matter what, if you are writing on the internet, people will try to shoot you down (*cough Youtube comments cough*). But you have to keep writing.

After our Mr. Guy “experience” we hit another #sugarkills milestone: our 200th post went up. In those 200 posts, we’ve had some incredible achievements…

  • 40,000 all time page views
  • Over 150 comments
  • And, most importantly: ~30 middle-schoolers changing people’s lives day by day.

That leads us to this post, which is more than likely the 8th graders last post, and definitely our longest post. Over the last 3 years, I never thought the day would come that we would write our last #sugarkills post.

Now for some self-reflecting from the 8th graders.

Cross – writer, idea man, organizer

This year was great for #sugarkills. We got a whole new class of #sugarkills kids who will be coming back next year to keep making posts (hopefully). As for us, were all going off to high school. But this has been one of the best experiences from middle school, and I owe basically my whole high school career to Mr. Ferriter, who wrote me a fantastic recommendation. #Sugarkills is a great blog and has brought me and my friends closer together. #Sugarkills has proven to me, and the rest of the school what a bunch of dedicated middle-schoolers and a great teacher can do. We got over 100 posts in half a year, and that was just the beginning. We now have 3 years of #sugarkills kids and we have tons of posts. It has been a great journey.

Dylan – writer, art technology

I find it hard to believe that all of us eight graders will be gone in just a couple of days [note: we are gone now]. My thoughts are: who will take over the blog as the leader? Because that has been the eighth graders’ role. Who be the leader and control our content and our editing and our designing on Canva or WordPress? Who will that be? Maybe it can be the rising eighth graders. Or maybe Mr. Ferriter can find responsible students that can take on that big role. But us eight graders will always miss this blog and the time that we spent together. #Sugarkills has inspired me to always work my hardest, do my best, and to help others fix their problems.

I feel that I have helped #sugarkills in a huge way because all that we were was a normal word-based blog. But then, Mr. Ferriter found a designing website/app that could create posters, infographics, and other things. And we used that to our advantage and inputted pictures into the blog. We used this to make our posts pop and make our posts look even better.

In conclusion, I really hope that #sugarkills will continue because it grabs the attention of many kids. I hope that #sugarkills becomes more than just a blog at our school. I hope that other schools might want to pitch in and help expand our blog. I also hope that the rising sixth graders join our blog and we can get more improved posts up. Us eighth graders are the founding fathers (and mothers, but they all left earlier) of #sugarkills and we all hope that this will grow and become even bigger than it is now.

Joel – writer, editor, blog technology

This experience has been a blast over the last three years. From sixth grade to now, I’ve had a great time. When the club first started, I didn’t know about it. I really started #sugarkills in the middle of sixth grade when a couple of friends told me about it. Since then, my role of the blog has been writing and editing posts. I’ve met new people in younger grades, too. The sixth graders will have to pick up the blog after we leave.

I also like changing people’s lives through a blog in school. I wish all classes could be used to change people’s minds and lives. Mr. Ferriter is always asking us around the room if we’re “being productive.” I think classes that were used to make a difference in the world would be more “productive” than any classes that we’re taking right now. This also educates us on more than just “textbook work.” We are learning science through #sugarkills. We learn about complex and simple carbohydrates, natural and added sugars, and diabetes and other diseases. #Sugarkills is more productive than any class we could be taking now.

I think that the biggest event (or incident) we’ve had is the comments by Mr. Guy. He left a few comments on how we should “educate ourselves.” Mr. Ferriter happened to be out the day that he left the first comment. Ried and I were the only #sugarkills kids in the room. We had to leave a response quickly because we wanted him to hear the facts. Ried typed and I proofread. At first, Ried wrote something a little bit harsh but I told him that probably wasn’t the best thing to write in that case. If we wrote something harsh, he probably wouldn’t care about the truth, he’d only care about being better than us, and making us feel stupid (which ended up being what happened anyways).

One day, a few years ago, Ried and Daniel were challenged by Mr. Ferriter to do a “sugar experiment” in real life. The idea was to  count up how much sugar each one ate in a day. It was supposed to be on if you could get under 24 grams of sugar in one day, but they turned it into a game to see who could eat the least amount of sugar. Ried ended up winning (which isn’t important) with 12.5 grams of sugar in one day. The next day he ate a normal days worth of sugar… which was a whopping 198 grams of sugar, which is more than 8 days worth of sugar!

Christian – writer

These last three years have been very exciting. #Sugarkills has made me think so much about my life and many others. Also, I couldn’t think of anything more exciting or fun to do with my friends that I have known for so many years. #Sugarkills has given me the chance to express my opinions and create many things that I wanted to write about. This all let me have a fun break in my day.

If we had more classes like #sugarkills, then I would be thrilled. This class has interested me a lot, that’s why I love it so much. Since I’m so interested in this group, I have been very focused and have a lot of fun.

Daniel – editor, technology, co-leader

I came into #sugarkills not because I cared about sugar or health or anything like that, but because I liked Mr. Ferriter and because it had to do with computers. I quickly started to like the process of blogging. More than that, I got to hang out with some of my friends and have fun.

Although I didn’t care about sugar at first, I’ve realized I have been slowly removing dessert from my diet. In fact, I only have dessert about twice a week now, as opposed to twice a day when I joined #sugarkills. Working on #sugarkills has made me think of sugar as disgusting, rather than delicious.

In addition, I’ve noticed my grammatical understanding has increased. Slowly, I have been making fewer edits to Ried’s posts, too, so I suspect others have also become better writers by working on #sugarkills. In fact, the best way to become a better writer is just to write a lot.

At school, we might have 7 or 8 writing assignments per year. With #sugarkills, or any other blog that is updated frequently, you do that much in like, ten school days. Even with 100-word posts, that’s somewhere around 12,000 words per school year. No wonder we are better writers now!

Ried – writer, stud, co-leader

[Daniel’s comments in brackets]

I think I speak for all of us working on #sugarkills when I say that this blog has been the greatest thing I’ve done in middle school these 3 years. This blog has taught me more real world things then all of the classes I’ve had, combined. The writing has been my favorite part of this blog. The ability to express my opinion while providing facts online has been a joy over the last three years. It gives me the ability to express myself freely without worrying that my grade would be affected. [all of this is true for me, too]

The thing I don’t like about school writing assignments is that you are not encouraged to write what you actually think, you are encouraged to write what the teacher wants to see. And that is just a waste of people’s time. What is the point of writing if you don’t mean what you write? Even in argumentative papers, you have to write it in such a way that takes out the opinionated part of paper and just focus on what everyone wants to hear [Ried can be very opinionated]. Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite teachers have taught language arts, but the way we are taught to write essays is flawed.

Another reason #sugarkills work should be valued higher then all of our schoolwork combined is because of the Mr. Guy incident. Interacting with a bully through social media taught us more about how the real world works then any math formula we could’ve memorized [except the Pythagorean Theorem, which is actually useful]. Social media is taking over this world.  It is more important that we learn how to use that, rather than how to use an I.L.L. notebook [“interactive learning log” – a downright stupid way to take notes].

Mr. Guy probably taught me more information I can use when school is over then all my 8th grade teachers taught me combined. Sure they taught me how to pass their tests, but Mr. Guy taught me how to handle criticism in the real world. That, to me, is important information.

But the best part of #sugarkills has easily been working with some of my best friends [like me!], on an important topic and having fun while doing so. That is why I come up to work on #sugarkills every day. All the kids that come up to work are some of my favorite kids at this school, and I really enjoy coming up and hanging out with them.

As I have previously stated, the most important part of this blog is the friends I have made working on the blog. Not only are they great friends, and incredible people to work with, and they take my writing to enormous highs. The posts I have written could not be nearly as good as they are without my editors Joel and Daniel [seriously, not even close]. Whenever I write, they always get the final say in the post or comment. Because sometimes I let my emotions flow as I write, that can lead to me writing things that are not the best for the blog. I trust them on almost everything, which is saying a lot coming from a person like me. Our #sugarkills fam [rly?] has been an incredible experience in my life and it’s all because of the friends I made doing so.

Our final thoughts…

We all have one dirty little secret: We all know sugar is extremely bad for our body, but we still choose to eat a lot of it. No matter what we learn about sugar, we will continue to eat a lot of it. Our goal in #sugarkills has always been to change people’s lives around the world. But no one of us were ever all that interested in changing our own sugar habits (except Daniel).

We think that this blog has been a success – and will continue to be successful – and no one can take what we did for our blog away from us. But this blog would never have started if it wasn’t for our incredible teacher, Mr Ferriter. We all agree that he has forever changed our lives, and we will never forget what he has done for us.

Mr. Ferriter is an outstanding teacher, and an even better friend to be around.  We can’t say enough to justify how amazing he really is. He changed us from kids who have some good ideas, to writers with powerful opinions that can change the world. That is what made the sugarkills experience the best of our lives, so far.

-The Original #sugarkills gang.

#Sugarkillsforever

5 SUGAR Life Hacks!

Do you know what a life hack is? A life hack is simple change that you can do to make your life easier. But have you heard of a sugar life hack? This post is going to tell you how 5 simple sugar life hacks that will help you change your life for the better!

1. Go Natural

Going natural is a awesome way to lower your sugar intake for everyday meals. Usually non-natural foods have more sugar that natural foods. And if it is the other way around, then you still have to remember that the sugar in a natural food has natural sugar.

2. Know Your Portions

Knowing your portion size is something that everyone should know. A lot of times companies would tell you how much sugar in one serving of a certain food. But what people often forget is how many servings you eat. For example, one gummy bear has 1.3 grams of sugar. But you need to remember, your probably not going to eat only one gummy bear. You are probably going to eat at least 10 – 15 gummy bears. That’s 10-20 grams of sugar right there.

3. Compare Foods

Comparing foods is often a very helpful thing to do. I know this because I researched applesauce for a post. Than I found out that one brand of applesauce had more sugar than another. This shows that comparing foods is often a lifesaver when it comes eating less sugar.

4. Lower It Gradually

Lowering your sugar gradually is the way to go! If you gradually lower sugar than it more likely to be able to eat less sugar without craving it too much. For example if you usually have dessert two times a day after lunch and dinner, try only having one serving of dessert. Most people try to stop eating sugar at all. But that’s not the right way to go. So remember lower it gradually!

5. Clean Out Your Pantry

Do you have tempting foods in your pantry? If you do than you probably have had the temptation to eat some really sugary foods. For example, if you ate a small pack of Oreo’s  you would be eating 13g of sugar. That’s more than HALF of how much sugar you should eat in one day. Cleaning your pantry out and disposing of all of sugary foods in your pantry would help you stop the craving of sugar.

I hope you all ENJOY!

By Jay S.

Edited By Dainel C.

Lemonade, The Truth

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It Takes a Minute to Consume 24g of Sugar!

Are you ready to find out the truth about lemonade? Have you ever had a nice cool serving of lemonade? If you have, then you are consuming 24g grams of sugar! That’s how much sugar you should eat in one whole day. That means that you probably shouldn’t eat any more sugar for the rest of the day!

That’s The Truth!

By: Jay S. and Krish P.

Edited By: Lili E.

#Sugaraid 

#TheTruth