Category: More than Just Sugar

Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème

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 The double chocolaty chip creme Frappuccino with blended creme.

It may sound somewhat appetizing, and a good treat for the holiday’s, but in my experience with this drink, I just tasted straight up chocolate.

After further research, I found out that it has 52 GRAMS OF SUGAR plus 20 grams of fat! So take my advice, and never get this drink because of the amount of sugar. Plus, it’s a waste of money, and you can make it yourself with less sugar at home.

By: Madelyn B.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Nearly Half A Billon People Now Have Diabetes

Shocking Statistic of the Morning:

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The World Health Organization has released its first ever global report on diabetes. The results are frightening.

According to the WHO, the number of diabetes cases has nearly quadrupled over the last three decades. In 1980, there were 108 million adults with diabetes.  But in 2014, there were 422 million adults with diabetes.

Diabetes alone killed 1.5 million people in 2012, while high blood glucose led to another 2.2 million deaths.

In 1980, 5.6 percent of the Eastern Mediterranean region had diabetes.  In 2014, the percentage was 13.7. In 1980, 2.4 percent of the United States had diabetes.  In 2014, 9 percent of the United States had diabetes.

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“Diabetes is a silent disease, but it is on an unrelenting march that we need to stop,” said Etienne Krug, a WHO official.

One way to stop the unrelenting march would be to grab a salad for lunch today.

#stopthemarch

By: Stewart B.

Artificial Sweetners

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/18/health/where-do-we-stand-artificial-sweeteners/index.html

The question we are asked a lot is about artificial sweeteners being unhealthy. Here is the answer.

The FDA has approved 5 sweeteners that are okay as long as they are used correct. They said no more than 23 packs of Splenda, Sweet One, and Newtame, 75 packets of Equal, and 45 packets of Sweet’N Low.

Sounds good, right? Then why do so many people still consider artificial sweeteners dangerous?

Well, it might be due to our suspicion of putting anything chemical or artificially manufactured in our bodies. It’s probably also due to a long history of overly publicized, poorly designed, and badly executed animal studies that the FDA now says falsely linked artificial sweeteners to cancer.

By having new dietary guidelines, it changes many ways foods are produced. if you would like to learn more about this, check out the New Dietary Guidelines post.

 

Pouring on the Pounds Part 2

Do you remember the video we shared with you in January 2013? 

It disturbingly shared that drinking one 12 ounce soda a day will make you 10 pounds fatter each year! If you don’t here’s a link to the video. Well, the creators, the New York City Department of Health, have just released this video, check it out:

Could you imagine walking 3 miles just to burn off the calories of a 20 ounce can of soda!  That’s a lot of walking.

Considering that portion sizes have been getting bigger and bigger — especially in restaurants where most of the time you can refill your soda for free — you should think twice about what you are drinking… unless you like walking!

#walkingoffthepounds

Written By: Jadon W, Thomas K and Mitchell R

Video By: NYC Department of Health

What It Takes To Fill Up The Red Suit

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You leave the cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas, right? Do you ever wonder how much sugar he consumes?

Well, just three sugar cookies have 42 grams of sugar! Also, just one cup (8 fl.oz) of reduced fat milk (2% fat) has 12.3 grams of sugar! In total, that’s 54.3 grams of sugar!

Oh yeah: And Santa eats this at millions of houses a night!

#SantasFatChat

#MerryChristmas

By Katie R.

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?

#BrownEqualsWhite

By: Grace Kim

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Mr. Goodbar or Mr. Badbar

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Good!? What is good about 34 grams of sugar!?

Nothing. Nothing is good about chocolate covered peanuts. People may think peanuts are good for you, well news flash, they’re not so good for you when covered in that scrumptious chocolate. If you ate one bar you have gone over your days sugar by 10. Is it worth it?

#mr.badbar

By: Jadon W.