Category: Simple Changes

Oreo V.S Oreo Thins

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Have you ever thought that Oreo Thins are just a marketing gimmick?

Well if you think that, you are correct.

One Oreo thin has 3 grams of sugar.  One Original Oreo has 3.3 grams of sugar. The result surprised us. We thought that the one Oreo Thin would have a lot less sugar than a regular Oreo. The difference is only 0.3 grams though.


By: Kaylee R.

Is it Light or Heavy

Light Foods

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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.


By:Thomas K.

Slide By:Matthew N.

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.

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 “Hole” Lot of Sugar

Krispy Kreme Donut

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These donuts have a “Hole” lot of sugar

Everyone likes donuts! They’re soft, creamy, sweet, and full of sugar! But on the down side, they are very bad for your body. A glazed Krispy Kreme donut contains 10 grams of sugar. However, that’s just one donut. Usually, you have three or four donuts at a time, greatly increasing your sugar intake.

But it doesn’t stop there. That covers only the plain glazed donuts. One chocolate covered glazed donut has over double the sugar as one without chocolate, at 21 grams. In fact, the glazed donut has the least amount of sugar of any Krispy Kreme donut. The Caramel Kreme Crunch donut has the most, at 30 grams of sugar per donut.

So, if you’re craving some sweet Krsipy Kreme, go for the plain glazed donuts.

-Jonathan H., Stewart B., and Jay S.

Edited by Daniel C.

Sweetin the sour

 This video is about an edible tablet that has zero grams of sugar is supposed to make sour things sweet. That is amazing!

We all enjoy sweet things, but sometimes sugary food is not healthy for us. This video shows us a pill that will change your taste buds so that sour things taste sweet. Now instead of eating sugary foods, we can trick our taste buds into thinking sour foods are sweet.

One of the only problems is the price, and the amount of times you would have to eat it to keep things sweet. Also, someone might get addicted to the tablet. Those are the only problems that we came up with that could affect your body or mind. I think the fact that a tablet can make a non-sugary food taste sweet without adding sugar is incredible!


#Bitter Sweet


Edited by: Lili E.

The Better Milkshake


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Have you ever had a creamy, delicious Cookout Milkshake? If so, you probably had a sugar high…

A chocolate Cookout milkshake has 70 grams of sugar! That’s almost 3 days of sugar, ALL IN ONE MILKSHAKE!

But the solution is the Wendy’s chocolate milkshake! It *only* has 64 grams of sugar. So if you’re craving a milkshake, Wendy’s is the better choice… but just barely.


Christian S.

Edited by Daniel C.

Food Arena… The Real Truth…

Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the Food Arena! 

Today we will be discussing the truth about food commercials. Have you ever seen one of those commercials about food that makes you desperate to run out of your house and go buy that nice, scrumptious burger that you just can’t resist? If you have, I’m sorry to say you have just been deceived. Those commercials are just lies that make you want to buy their food. Take a look.

Next time you see one of those ads, be careful and don’t fall for their tricks! Either way it’s only 5 grams of sugar, but a whole lot of fat and calories.



School Lunches – Friend or Foe?

It’s officially that time of year again, when kids are going back to school, and the school lunch debates are taking the news by storm.

According to a recent U.S News report, over 32 Million students take advantage of the school lunch program, and 12 Million use the breakfast program.

Since 2010, government officials have been remodeling the school lunch program by adding more fresh fruits and veggies, providing low or fat free milk, reducing the amount of sodium in the products and ingredients they use, and slowly converting all the grains to whole grains.

But how are the students taking this change?

One student says, “I hate it.” Another added that “I never want to buy it.” So maybe the new lunch program is not as great as the government originally planned.

But on the other hand, the American Journal of Preventative Medicine released a study showing that students were eating MORE fruits and veggies since the remodeling of the lunch program. The article states that fruit selection has been raised 23% since the new implement. An additional 15.6% of entrées are being consumed while 16.2% more vegetables have been devoured since the new program was implemented. 

As a student who consistently buys school lunch, these statistics make me curious. Are some types of entrées being consumed more than others? Do these stats include only the most popular foods? Does this only include certain schools? These are very important questions, and unfortunately it costs money to read the full article (we’re too poor). 

The new School Lunch program sounds like a great idea for U.S public schools, but just because an idea sounds good, doesn’t mean it will work. The statistics provided from American Journal and what the students are actually saying about the lunches do not add up. So how should the success of the remodeling of the School Lunch program be measured? By what the students are saying, or by what they are buying? In my opinion, you can’t go wrong by following the numbers, so I think the school lunch remodeling is a success.

It’s working… but only because students are nearly forced to buy healthy food. But that may create healthy habits later in life… which in a odd way shows that the governments goal is being achieved. Students are eating healthier lunches and creating good eating habits which will prevent diabetes and other sugar related diseases later in life.


-Ried D. and Daniel C.

If Life Gives you Lemons… Make Dr. Pepper



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If life gives you lemons… Beware, they are full of sugar.

Have your parents ever said, ” No more soda, drink lemonade!”?

Well, they are trying to kill you. Lemonade actually has 7 more grams of sugar than Dr. Pepper per 12 fl. oz. SO… If you are drinking one of those 20oz soda’s at a restaurant, save yourself 12g of sugar, and get Dr. Pepper. However both 20 oz  sodas are well over your daily total, Dr. Pepper at 63g, Lemonade with 75g. Be careful when you go out to eat because, they are trying to kill you with their drinks.


-Ried D.