Category: Natural Sugar

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

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

Smoothies Aren’t the Health Food You Think They Are….

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One small strawberry banana smoothie from McDonald’s has 40.5 grams of sugar in it-almost two times more than what you’re supposed to drink in one day. So if you’re planning on not eating any other sugar for two full days, this is the drink for you.

This doesn’t mean that all the sugar in smoothies are bad– some are sure to be natural sugar–but smoothies aren’t the health food you think they are.

 #notsohealthy

By: Sofia B.

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.

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.

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.

Use Fruit to Scratch Your Sugar Itch!

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Ever had a 3 musketeers or a twix bar and loved the sweet taste?

Then you should try an apple. With 11 grams of natural sugar, this snack is very tasty.

Apples are a very healthy snack with natural sugars. It’s a sweet and healthy snack and proves that candy isn’t the only sweet snack.

#bigredsweety

by: Andy B.

Krispy Sugar?

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Parents are always stressing that doughnuts are SOOO bad for you. But just how bad are they?

Surprisingly, bananas have the same amount of sugar as a Krispy Kreme doughnut! Both a banana and a Krispy Kreme doughnut have 10 grams of sugar. But the main difference is that the banana has natural sugar and the doughnut has added sugar.

Really, doughnuts aren’t as bad as everyone thinks they are, most people think soda is healthier than doughnuts. But the two most commonly drink sodas are Coke and Pepsi, which have about 30 more grams of sugar each.

#doughnutstereotype  

Ried D.

Watery Treat

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It is a known fact that a watermelon is made up of 90% water.

How much sugar do you think a watermelon has?  Maybe, 5 to 10 grams of sugar, tops?  Well, believe it or not, watermelon has 9.4 grams of sugar (in one cup).

Luckily, watermelon has natural sugar, not “bad” sugar.  The sugar in watermelons are natural sugar.

#wateryyumminess

Ilaria D., Leah P. & Daniel C.

Sugary Grape Juice?

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Do your parents tell you to drink healthy?

If so, BEWARE GRAPE JUICE!  It has 40 grams of sugar.  Now at LEAST that sugar is natural sugar (most of the time).  While natural sugar isn’t bad for you, you would still blow your sugar total for two days in just one innocent drink in the morning!

Arnold Palmer, on the other hand, has only 13 grams of sugar. But… I might not be completely natural sugar, we need to find out.  By the way, Arnold Palmer is a mixture of iced tea and lemonade.

#purplepunch

-Ried D. and Daniel C.