Category: Helping Readers

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.

#newdelhisugar

-Jadon Wellum

Edited by Hannah L, Rachel I, and Grace T

 

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

The True Halo


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In the past we have written about deadly, tasty ice cream, but nothing could prepare us for this…

This ice cream, this scrumptious ice cream, has only about 4 grams of sugar per serving, depending of the flavor. You also get 6 grams of protein, 20% of your daily fiber, and only 240-280 calories.

That is much better than the killer Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

I did a taste test and compared it to normal ice cream. It’s taste is almost identical, and the texture was quite accurate. I think it’s safe to say it’s pretty close to normal ice cream. So if you happen to see it at the store, try it instead of your normal ice cream.

Angel Food Cake… or Demon Food Cake

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Some of you may have had angel food cake before.

You know, the light, fluffy, spongecake that’s great with strawberries or chocolate sauce. But plain, it’s quite flavorless. However, did you know that even though it might not taste so sweet, it is still quite sugary.

Using a dry mix produces 15 grams of sugar per one 1.8 ounce serving, and that’s not even with sauce. Lindt Chocolate sauce has 14 grams of sugar in just 2 tablespoons! Combined that’s 29 grams of sugar, 5 grams over the recommended daily amount for teens and tweens.

There is also actually something called Devil’s Food cake, which is basically the opposite of Angel Food cake. It’s rich chocolate cake, with hot fudge, and even more sugary toppings. It’s not much healthier — 12.8 grams of sugar per ounce. Do a little math (multiply 12.8 by the 1.8  ounce serving from earlier) and you get 23 grams of sugar! I guess that’s why it’s called devil food cake.

#demonfoodcake

By: Jadon Wellum

Size is Deceptive

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People think yogurt is good for you, it can be, but not the way Dannon or Yoplait make it.

Both Danimals and Go-gurt have 10 grams of sugar, but that’s not the surprising part; One Danimals bottle is only 3.1 fluid ounces and one Go-gurt tube is only 2.3 fluid ounces.  To put that into comparison, 3.1 fluid ounces is only 6.2 tablespoons, 2.3 fl. oz is 4.6 tablespoons. That crazy to think about! The question is, how do they fit 10 grams of sugar into 2.3 and 3.1 fluid ounces?

 

#tinytastyandtoxic

By: Jadon W

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

The Secret Behind Whipped Cream

 

I bet you have done this and might have felt guilty about it.

But actually there is less than one gram of sugar in one serving. Jaques won’t have to worry about the sugar amount.

What he does need to worry about is getting addicted to highly toxic Nitrous oxide — which is the gas used to shoot the whipped cream into his mouth!

Some effects of it is nausea, vomiting, dizziness, numbness, slurred speech, confusion, hallucinations and fainting. Oh and did I mention that those are just the short-term effects of Nitrous oxide. Some long-term effects are: damage to the heart tissues, an irregular heartbeat, nerve damage, and bone marrow suppression.

The main danger is that it deprives the brain of oxygen, which could lead to fainting, comas, or death.

But it’s not ALL bad:  It is used in dental or surgical uses.  You may know it as “laughing gas“. Granted that is given to you by trained doctors, so it’s probably safe then. Plus your probably not going to get addicted if you do this every now and again, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. At least you won’t have to worry about diabetes!

#whippedcreamssecret

#nitrousoxide 

By Jaques and Jadon

New Sugar Labels

Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration announced new label requirements for foods. The new rule requires companies to add the added sugars onto the food label.

Here is what the new label will look like.

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The food labels will highlight added sugars which is the biggest change. Before there was no difference in the label between natural and added sugars. This is going to show up many companies who are putting countless amounts of added sugar into their foods. This will help people make better choices on what they are eating by being able to see the different amounts of sugar in everyday foods.

Another change on the food labels is that companies are required to show proper serving size for humans. Having a serving size of four Doritos in a bag that someone is likely to eat from top to bottom is not helpful. Finally, the calorie counts will be in a larger, easier to spot number.

Food comapanies are 100% againts the new food labels. The food comapanies say that added sugars and natural sugars have the same impact on the body.  That is true but added  sugars is the fault of the company because they weren’t in the foods to begin with.

My opinion is that the new label might change the things that people eat. When you are at the store instead of throwing food in your shopping cart, you can look at the added sugars first. I know I will look at the added sugars before eating a food.

Matthew N.

My opinion is that the new label will be a great addition to help the world become a healthier place. I hope this will be used to its full potential in helping the world make better choices in their food.

Stewart B.

By: Matthew N. Stewart B.

 

 

Sugar Rush

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A new app could change what we eat.

A new app has come out on the app store called Sugar Rush. By scanning the barcode on a food item, it will tell you the natural and added sugars that are in that food. The one downside of the app is that it measures in teaspoons instead of measuring in grams.

Also, if you shake your device it will search for a random food item almost instantly. This could be useful beacause if you were curious about sugars in foods, then learning is just one shake away.

After testing this app we have noticed a slight difference in the amount of sugar shown on the app versus shown on the label, but if you want to quickly find the rough amount, it is a great tool to use.

By:Matthew N.

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.