Category: Simple Changes

Want to Save Sugars? Just Add Water.


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These days, I find many fruit juices are so sweet that they are disgusting.

If you agree, then the next time you pour yourself a glass of lemonade, try this trick:  Pour HALF lemonade and HALF water.  This reduces the sugar by half even though you are drinking the same amount of liquid.

And remember that if replacing half with water isn’t sweet enough for you, there’s nothing wrong with adding more juice.


By Audrey P.

Coke vs. Pepsi Smackdown!


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Coke and Pepsi are both popular, but which one is healthier?

Believe it or not, one of these sodas is healthier than the other. But which is it?

There is not a big difference, but Coke has 39.9 grams of added sugar whereas Pepsi has 41 grams of added sugar. With sugar, every little bit helps. People use Coke and Pepsi interchangeably but they are not the same.

But if you really want to be healthy, JUST GO DIET! It has 0 grams of sugar and, according to me, still tastes the same!


-Christian S. and Ried D.

Another Simple Breakfast Change


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Regular #sugarkills readers know that over the course of the year, I’ve been trying to make simple changes to the foods that I eat for breakfast. 

My first change was to switch from a daily package of Chocolate Fudge Pop Tarts (40 grams of added sugar) to Oatmeal To-Go Bars (22 grams of added sugar).  That change alone saved me 18 grams of added sugar.

Well, on the suggestion of Mrs. D — one of our best digital friends — I tried a White Chocolate Think Thin bar from Trader Joe’s and I fell in love with it.  It’s moist on the inside and has an interesting chewy texture that tastes great to me.

And better yet — it has ZERO grams of added sugar.

That means I’ve gone from eating 40 grams of added sugar before the day even starts — which is almost two days worth of sugar — to eating NO added sugar before the day starts.

That’s how simple changes work:  Find something you eat all the time and then replace it with something that you like just as much but that contains less added sugar.


By Mr. F



Gluten Free, but Not Sugar Free


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We all have been hearing about gluten free foods and how healthy they are compared to normal foods, but like all great things, there is a problem.

Gluten free foods taste like cardboard, and there’s no better way to make cardboard taste good than to add sugar, right? Your average whole grain bread contains 2 grams of added sugar, but your average gluten free whole grain bread contains 3 grams of added sugar.

That’s important to remember: Gluten Free DOESN’T mean sugar free.


by: Jonathan S.

Sugar Sandwich


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Do you like sandwiches? How about ice cream? If you add those items up it equals 15 grams sugar!

How about a healthier option?

If your going to eat an ice cream sandwich, at least eat a low fat, Blue Bell ice cream sandwich instead of some other normal sugary ice cream sandwich. Lets compare them!

A Blue Bell ice cream sandwich has four less grams of sugar than an ordinary ice cream sandwich.


-Alex F.

Saving Mr. Ferriter


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Last week Mr. Ferriter said he was going to switch to Oatmeal To-Go Bars as a way of eating healthier. But that’s not his safest option…

The Oatmeal To-Go Bar has 22 grams of sugar, but an ounce of Raisin Bran has 8.5 grams of sugar. Now I realize he probably won’t eat only one ounce of cereal, but he will probably be satisfied with 2 ounces of cereal which has 17 grams of sugar.

This is yet another example of why serving size matters.  You’re welcome Mr. Ferriter!


-Ried D.

Simple Changes Matter – Breakfast Bars


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As the teacher behind #sugarkills, one of the things that I think we need to do a better job of is showing people that healthier eating choices are NOT that hard to pull off!

So I thought I’d start a new type of post for our blog today called Simple Changes Matter.  The idea behind the category is to show easy replacements for the sugary foods in your life.

I’ll start with a sugary food that I love to eat:  Pop Tarts.  I had them for breakfast ALMOST every day for ALMOST a decade.  The problem, as Abigail points out in this post, is that they are LOADED with added sugar.

So I started to eat Oatmeal to Go Bars for breakfast instead.  They’ve only got 22 grams of sugar.

While that’s STILL almost a full day’s worth of sugar, it’s better than the 40 grams that I was eating when Pop Tarts were my breakfast food.



By Mr. F