That’s right just one serving of sugar. Will it be in your morning coffee, the mid-afternoon fruit & nut bar, or maybe a piece of left over Valentine’s Day candy? In my week 8 post from last year , I talked about how Americans consume about 19 teaspoons of added sugar a day on average. And that woman should aim to consume no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day and men should aim to consume no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar a day.
In last week’s post I talked about sneaky sugar-sugar that is found in products that you wouldn’t expect: ketchup, pasta sauce, and salad dressings are just a few examples where the sugar content is in vast amounts. This week I want to focus on cumulative sugar or just how sugar adds up in the day unexpectedly.
Like any other family, we pack lunches for our kids to take to school. I don’t know about all kids, but our kids can be pretty picky when comes to school lunch. Some days the foods that they have always liked and eaten return home uneaten. When we ask why, we get vague answers like: I didn’t have time to eat it, I don’t like it anymore, the (piece of fruit) was brown or squishy or both, or sometimes all they give us is I don’t know. It makes it really hard & frustrating to try to pack a healthy lunch when the majority of the food comes back uneaten and wasted. Have we fallen victim at times to giving our kids way too much added sugar in a day in the form of “healthy,” “all natural,” “organic,” and “better choices” of food? Absolutley. And the sad thing is that both my husband and I are in the health and fitness field :-/
I got the idea for this video blog (vlog) one day when my son gave me a hard time about the juice I poured him. We have been diluting the kids’ juice with water their whole life. Juice is known for having a ton of sugar so we’ve always done this. I’ve witnessed him in the past getting his own juice and adding water to it with no prompting from us. On this day, for whatever reason, he was not happy about the 4 ounces of juice I poured into his bottle and he complained. I started to tell him how juice has a ton of sugar in it, yada, yada, yada, 7th grade nutrition teacher, blah, blah, blah….then I got fed up with myself for over explaining and grabbed my sugar container. Since he is in 1st grade and can read now, I asked him to read how much sugar was in a full serving (8 oz.) of his juice. Then together we measured out the teaspoons and put it in a cup. (There are 7.5 teaspoons of sugar in 1 serving of his juice.) My hands-on lesson was a success; as soon as he saw how much sugar was in one serving he didn’t complain about his half serving again.
Since my sugar demo worked so well for my kids (I naturally showed my daughter) I immediately knew I wanted to share it with you all. So here is my very first vlog! Go easy on me, I was pretty nervous at first then was able to step into teacher mode a minute or so in. I hope you like it!
I hope this video helps you see that sugar is not only sneaky, but it adds up in our diet quickly. Show this to your kids and see what they say. See if it initiates a conversation about sugar and how too much is not healthy for us. If you do, let me know in the comments!