Category: Helping Readers

Skittles Vs. M&Ms

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Starving for some M&Ms? Or do you want some Skittles instead?

What most people don’t know is that they shouldn’t eat either!  They are both very high in sugar. There are 22 grams of sugar in just 1 ounce of Skittles! 2 more grams of sugar, and your done for the entire day.

M&M’s have 18 grams of sugar per ounce. They do have less sugar than Skittles, but still have a lot. Eat both of those together, and you’ve gone 16 sugar grams beyond what you’re supposed to eat in day!


By: Nikolai S.

Edited By: Rohan K.

Dark Chocolate Vs Milk 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.


By: Grace K.

Is Brown Sugar better than White Sugar?

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Have you ever heard that brown sugar is better (or healthier) than white sugar? If so, do you know the truth about brown sugar?

The answer is brown sugar is barely better than white sugar, or simplified as no.

Many people think that brown sugar is “raw” sugar, but actually it isn’t. Both white and brown sugar are from raw sugar, but the only difference is that brown sugar has some molasses, and white sugar does not.

When the companies are making brown sugar out of raw sugar, it is heated and melted into the liquid, and the colors are removed. That becomes the sugar well known as ‘white sugar.’ To make brown sugar, the companies (or manufacturers) add some molasses in and mix it.

That’s what it is made from. Do you still think that the brown sugar is healthier than the white sugar?


By: Grace Kim

Slide By:Matthew N.

Are Your Parents Trying to Kill You?

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Do your parents pack you a juice box in your lunch box everyday? If yes, your parents are killing you.

Your parents would never pack you a classic red can Coke every day because it has too much sugar. So, instead they probably would pack you a juice box for lunch instead. They  think that’s healthier. They Think. The Hi-c juice box has more sugar than a red can Coke. It has 44.4 grams of sugar!  A classic red can Coke has less than that. It has 39.9 grams of sugar! Solution: DRINK WATER!!!

People should start to notice how much sugar they are consuming in their drinks. Some people might have 5 juice boxes a day! Compare that to red can coke!

Do People in Poor Countries Have a Healthier Diet?

During class, we watched a movie called a Dollar a Day. Four college students went to a poor place in Guatemala. They went there for 56 days and had 56 dollars in all. They would draw out of a hat how much money they get for that day. They could get anywhere from 0 to 9 dollars a day. At the end of the 56 days, they had spent all of their money.

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During their time, they encountered really nice people. People who had almost nothing invited them into their home and gave them a nice dinner.

The four college student grew their own food, such as radishes. Overall, however, they had very little food. What made it hard for these students is that they went from having a lot of food one day to almost nothing, just like that. Their bodies had to quickly adjust to their new environment and life style.

In the movie, the four students tried to survive by themselves and do it all themselves.

After the first week, they realized that everyone had to work together as a community to survive.  The college students learned that life is hard in the conditions that they experienced. For the people who have to live there for their entire life, life truly is a struggle.

The movie taught me that in poor countries, people have to grow their crops and buy food from the fresh market. That means that they don’t have nearly as much candy or sweets as we do in the United States (or any at all).

Here in North Carolina, we can go to the store and buy sweets and all different varieties of food. In poor countries, the crops that they grow are things like corn and radishes.

In poor countries their diet is high in vegetables, soups and other things that are naturally high in vitamins.

People in these countries might be healthier than the people in the developed world who eat a lot of candy, fast foods and things that are really bad for your body.

The challenge in poor countries is that they often can’t get enough money to buy the necessary food they need to stay filled up. They do eat healthier foods in general, due to the lack of available sweets, and the crops that they grow are always fresh. Here in the U.S., our pantries are full of all kinds of different foods.

We need to help poor countries. But we also need to help our own countries eat healthier… and eating healthier starts by being aware of how much sugar is in our foods.

Matthew N.

A Few Too Many

This might blow your mind…

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Given that we’re supposed to eat 24 to 32 grams of sugar in a day, this statistic makes us rethink our sugar count. The average American eats 160 pounds of sugar per year which is the same as 199 grams of sugar per day.

-Joel H. and Conor A.

Milky Way

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Ever eaten a Fun Size Milky Way and drifted off into the galaxy?


Well I’m sorry for you, because in that one tiny bar of choclate, there are 10 grams of sugar. That Choclate bar will not fill you up, so you will probably want one or two more. Those fun sized Milky Way bars will blow your sugar total count, but not fill you up.


-Krish, Ried, Joel, and Jay

Diabetes Around The World

One of the main concerns about sugar consumption these days is the risk of diabetes, and the amount of hype around that risk can’t be understated. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 2014, every 7 seconds someone died from diabetes. That added up to 4.9 million deaths last year due to diabetes.

Still don’t think that diabetes are a big deal?

In 2012, CBS released a study showing that 371 million people worldwide are affected by diabetes. That is about 19.2%, or 1/5, of the Earth’s population. And if that’s not enough, by 2030, researchers estimate that 552 million people will be affected by diabetes worldwide.

So, what is Diabetes?

The Center of Disease control (CDC) defines diabetes as a “condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.” Basically, that means the human body can’t break down all the carbohydrates that are entering the body. When you have diabetes, depending on the type, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin, or it can’t do anything with the insulin it creates.

What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?

Type 1 Diabetes: Type one diabetes is the lesser defined of the two types. About 5-10 percent of all diabetic cases are type one. Type one diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, which, in turn, doesn’t allow glucose to enter the body.

Most of the cases for type one diabetes are in childen or teens/tweens, but adults can develope this disease as well. Although there is no cure to type one diabetes, it can be managed to allows diabetics to live healthier and longer than otherwise. Along with losing energy, symptoms of type one diabetes include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Blurred vision

Those symptoms, among others, is what makes diabetes a very bad disease to have.

Type 2 Diabetes: If you or a friend/family have diabetes, chances are it is type two diabetes. That is because 90-95 percent of all diabetic cases are type two. Type two diabetes is a condition where the body resists allowing insulin into the immune system. Some risk factors of this disease include:  age, obesity, family history of diabetes, prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, and physical inactivity. All of these factors can increase your risk of becoming diabetic.

Although doctors say there is no guarenteed way to prevent becoming diabetic, physical activity and eating healthy will severely decrease your risk of diabetes. Type two diabetes don’t just prevent insulin from entering the immune system, they may also cause symptoms such as:

  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision

One difference between them is that type two diabetes symptoms develope much slower then type one diabetes. In fact, you may have type two diabetes for many years without knowing it.

Both types of diabetes are very inconvient, dangerous, and will certainly change your life forever. However, it can be managed. Diabetes is such a big deal, but such a terrible thing to have.

-Ried D. and Daniel C.

Only 24?

A couple weeks ago we got a comment from another student blogger questioning how much sugar we can eat in a day:

I did a blog post on sugar too. I researched the topic on TFK. They said that the FDA health organization says you should have 45 grams of sugar, 10% of your diet.

Obviously, this was very interesting to us, because in our research we had always found doctors recommending a maximum of 24 grams of sugar per day. We did some more research, and found out some interesting information that we think is essential for you to know.

Doctors recommend that 10% of your daily calories come from sugar. And in every gram of sugar, there are 4 calories. So how many calories do Doctors recommend per day?

According to the National Health Service (NHS), UK, the average male adult needs approximately 2,500 calories per day, while the average adult female needs 2,000 calories. However, it can vary based on how much you exercise and how much you weigh.

If 10% of those calories should come from sugar, that means the average male should have 250 calories from sugar and the average female should have 200 calories come from sugar. If 4 calories come from a gram of sugar, the NHS recommends that females should have 50 grams of sugar and males should have 62.5 sugar grams of sugar per day.

Compare that to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study in 2010, which said women, or teens/tweens should have less than 100 calories come from sugar, which would be equal to 24 to 25 grams of sugar a day.

Interesting, right?  That means two different reliable organizations make two different recommendations about the amount of sugar that people should eat on a daily basis.

We just choose to use the smaller numbers (24) for our posts because with sugar, the less you eat, the less chance you have of being obese or diabetic. This is another example of how complicated sugars, both added and natural sugars can be. Some of the most prestigious doctors and health organizations can’t agree on how much added sugar your body can handle per day.

Put simply, the more physically active you are, and the less sugar you consume, the more healthy you will be.

In my opinion, the closer you stay to less than 24 grams of sugar, the better off you will be. It is your body, however, and it’s your life, so you can decide personally how much sugar you consume. But all doctors agree, too much sugar can cause serious health complications.



-Ried D.

Edited by Daniel C.