Category: Statistics

The Sugar Life

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Look at this picture. The amount of sugar in a Milky Way could fill up the whole bar.

#mindblown

We are starting a series of The Sugar Life posts. This Milky Way has 31 grams of sugar. Each cube has 2 grams of sugar.  That means this candy bar has 15 cubes of sugar in it.

Look at the image above. The sugar fills up the whole candy bar! Each post will include a picture of a common food and the amount of sugar cubes that would fill up that food. Tell us if you like this idea and if we could do something differently.

#sugarlife

By:Matthew N, Marvin G.

Häagen-Dazs – Pure Sugar Ice Cream

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Can you feel sweetness of Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream? Mmm… I can feel sugar in it!

One-half cup of Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice cream contains 19 grams of sugar. That amount of sugar is almost 5/6 of your daily sugar! Did you think the sweetness of Häagen-Dazs is originally from vanilla? No, that’s wrong. The sweetness is originally from sugar. Although the container of Häagen-Dazs says “made like no other,” it is made like all other ice creams!

If you feel like you need a cup of Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream, absolutely you should not, because a serving of Häagen-Dazs is 1/2 cup, and you are eating 38 grams of sugar! So remember that and help yourself.

#PureSugar

Slide By:Matthew N.

By: Grace K.

Super Sodas or Super Bad Sodas

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They are definitely super bad sodas!

With some staggering in the upper 30s and 40s, some of the sodas are diabetes in a can. We have found and compared 5 of the most common sodas; Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, and Mountian Dew. The results were expectable but at the same time, outrageous. On average the sodas listed above have 40.706 grams of sugar.

#diabetesinacan

By: Jadon W

Apple Salads Have Sugar Too?

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Have you ever thought salads are healthy?

Well, Wendy’s salad sure looks healthy from all their advertisements. But Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette Dressing has 40 grams of sugar. That’s almost double of what you should have in one day! Some of that sugar might be natural sugar from the apples, but still Wendy’s salads may not be healthy overall.

#ForgetTheDressing

By: Daniel A.

Slide by:Matthew N.

The Cream or Cookie – It Doesn’t Matter

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Yummm… Don’t you just love Oreos?

Unfortunately, three Oreo cookies (serving size) has 14 grams of sugar! Because your body is only supposed to consume 24 grams of  added sugar each day, this snack takes up over half of the grams of sugar you’re supposed to consume a day! No matter if your cream or cookie, this treat is just too sugary.

#SugarSandwich

by: Katie R.

Slide by:Matthew N.

Yummy Cotton Candy

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Have you ever thought about the sugar in cotton candy?

Well,you should now. There are 56 grams of sugar in one serving of cotton candy. Isn’t that crazy?!! You just spoiled a little more than two days worth of sugar. Can you go two days without candy? I hope you can because we are always watching!

#ballofsugar

By:lauren P and Kate P.

Slide By:Matthew N.

Chick-fil-a Lemonade

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Chick-fil-a lemonade is a very sweet drink 

Chick-fil-a lemonade is sweet but has a lot of sugar. A medium Chick-fil-a  cup of lemonade has 57.9 grams of sugar. That is how much sugar you are supposed to have in three days. I would not even drink the small cup of lemonade because it has 42.7 grams of sugar. So next time you’re at Chick-fil-a, maybe think twice about getting lemonade.

#sweetbutsugary

By: Marvin. G and Matthew N.

 

 

 

 

The U.S. Leads The Way…

There are many questions about how much sugar people should eat in a day.

For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum 25 grams of sugar per day for average weight adults, which would logically be less for children and teens. But, we have seen other reliable sources allow close to double that amount!

But, how much sugar do people actually eat? That depends on who you ask. According to the Washington Post, Americans eat about 126 grams of sugar per person per day. “That’s more than twice the average sugar intake of all 54 countries observed by the Euromonitor.”

Medical Daily released a study showing that an average US citizen eats 90 grams of sugar on an average day. That was 6th highest among the countries surveyed. Brazil topped the list with 152 grams of sugar a day.

Regardless of which website you choose to believe, you will find that, on average, Americans don’t even come close to staying under 24 grams of sugar a day limit.

As we know, too much sugar can lead to obesity, and obesity leads to a lot of health cost. Specifically, 147 BILLION dollars for all Americans, per year, is spent on treating obesity. It is sad that Americans spend that much money on such a curable issue. The worst part? People in good health are paying for this.

This was the reason Mayor Bloomburg tried to ban large soda’s in New York City. He was more worried about the economic effects then the medical effects. Even though it goes against the Constitution of the United States, Bloomburg had strong reasons for his ban. It was costing NYC money that they just didn’t have.

Although we have the right to eat as much sugar as we want, we should consider the effects it has on our city, our state, and our country. We have better things to spend 147 billion dollars on than healthcare for obese people.

But what are our options to reduce our sugar intake and obesity rates as a country?

The Supreme Court has already ruled that a ban on sugary drinks is unconstitutional. And no matter what new health restrictions and guidelines get released, many people will just ignore them. This is because people who eat lots of sugar never think that they will become diabetic or obese. The sad truth is that diabetes and obesity are sugar problems that are costing the country billions, but no one seems to think that they are that big of a deal.

In my opinion, America’s best option is to go straight to the source of the problem: get companies that produce popular foods and drinks that are high in sugar reduce the amount of sugar they put in their products. If they reduce the sugar in their foods, the costumers will either eat less sugar or have to pay more money to eat the same amount of sugar. Either way, that is a win-win for food companies and this America.

If nothing else, the government should at least start taxing high sugary foods, similarly to what they do with tobacco. This would make healthy options cheaper in comparison, adding more incentive to eat healthily. This way, people will at least think twice before they load up on sugar.

The main problem is that it is too easy and too cheap to buy high sugar foods. That needs to change.

There are three important lessons I learned from this research:

1) Americans eat wayyy to much sugar per day, and it costs the U.S. a ton.

2) Even if you limit your personal sugar consumption, you are still paying for those who don’t.

3) Trusted, reliable websites can disagree on important topics and statistics.

#TheRealCost

-Ried D.

Edited by Daniel 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.