Drinking 17 Teaspoons of Sugar

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School is officially out for my kids. As I was helping my daughter clean out her bins of school work and whatever that ended up in those containers, I came across a very interesting nutritional fact sheet about how much sugar is in a 20-ounce soda. On average, there's 65 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce bottle of soda. 65 grams equals to about 17 teaspoons. So you're consuming 17 teaspoons of sugar from drinking a 20 ounce bottle of soda. Ewwww..and yike! How do you convert grams into teaspoons? Just divide it by 4. For sugar, 1 US teaspoon = 4.2 grams.

Here are the common names for sugar in disguises:
  • Barley malt
  • Brown sugar
  • Cane juice
  • Dextrose
  • Glucose
  • Sucrose
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Malodextrin
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
I have to admit, when I think about the weight of a gram, I never imagined it to be worth so much. Now that I know in terms of sugar because grams converted to the U.S weight metric is different for butter, flour, liquid and so forth, 1 teaspoon = 4.2 grams, I do very quick calculations in my head whenever I buy stuff now.  I hope this information will help everyone rethink the amount of sugar that's in their drinks and food.

30 comments:

Gwei Mui said...

This really makes one think. Not so long ago the BBC did a news item about the amount of salt contained in staple food stuffs such as breads, cereals that too was frightening. Thanks for sharing

Mom24 said...

Thanks for the info. That's great information.

KN said...

I'm ready to snack on my snicker bar and as I'm reading this, I looked at the sugar content, 30 grams so that's 7 teapoons of sugar in the bar. I put the snicker away.

Janice said...

WOW!! That much sugar?? No wonder kids get hyper drinking soft drinks. I'll keep in mind when I buy stuff now. Thanks.

Ryhen Satch said...

This reminds me of the first time I heard about the sugar content of beverages like Coke from a forwarded email. I was like, Jesus H. Diabetic Christ!!! It made me feel paranoid about sugar in its original form up to this day, but did not really stop me from consuming sugar-based products. hehe.

TK said...

It's so scary.. thinking about it..I know about this and that's why I don't drink Soda. Sugar is also fattening. Try to cut on sugar and one will lose weight easily. Here people don't really drink Soda.Thank God!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh, that is so sickening!! What an eye opener!

Buckeroomama said...

I'm so glad that my son does not like soda at all! My daughter, though, will drink and drink if she gets the chance. Ugh.

Veronica Lee said...

That is sooo scary. Thanks for the info.


Have a nice day, Rosebelle.

Mei Teng said...

Sodas do contain lots of sugar.

Gina F said...

Maybe that's why I am always so hyper like my kids are. Thanks for the info. Now let me go drink some nice cold water.

Gina
motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

Serline said...

Oh oh, I thought I was "safe"; I'm usually abstain from soda. But I do like barley malt and honey...

Gratitude said...

I believe everything done in moderation is best. I find it very funny that although the people in US are obsessed with obesity and finding ways to diet, they dun realise that to change the whole food service system is the only way to go. One portion/serving of food in the US is about 3-4 of what we are served here, often laden with lard, cream, cheese and other fatty stuff. Sorry ya, juz an observation from my visits to the US.
+Ant+

Lazy Pineapple said...

Not a fan of Soda..so I am safe here :)
Ughh 17 teaspoons is a lottt....

Mr. Stupid said...

This is interesting. Sugar Content in Beverages is really high. Though, nobody realizes it.
BTW, does Candies have sugar in them? LOL

Have a great day...:)

Icy BC said...

I didn't know malodextrin is another name for sugar! Learn something new today.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I have up soda a long time ago. Five years ago I'd have an occasional pop as we call it here in the 'burgh. Now I can't stand the stuff. After not having it, it tastes gross.

My daughter won't drink anything with bubbles in it. Soda is really a worthy thing to get out of your life. Water is cheaper and better.

Liz said...

Never realized it was that much. We should also watch out on boxed and powdered juices. Thanks for sharing. :)

MaryMoh said...

Thanks very much for the info. It's actually very scary how much sugar is hidden in food, especially cold desserts cos the coldness hides the sweetness of the food. Coke is a very good example. When it is cold it's very nice to drink. Leave it out until it's not cold, you'll find it's wickedly sweet! Thanks for this awareness through your post.

Cheryl said...

I like the new look. As for the soda I didn't allow my children to drink it until they were old enough to buy it for themselves. To this day we drink diet soda.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Oh wow! Thanks for the info!

We can find sugar in bread, rice and many other foods too. Kinda difficult especially when you are in a country that consumes lots and lots of rice... sigh...

Bananazą®‡ said...

Very extremely 'sweet' post..haha tQ for the great info.

Autumn Belle said...

Oh dear, this is alarming! Thanks for the great info. It is scary to think of eating our way to diabetes.

ModernMom said...

Gulp. that is a little scary!

Jo's Health Corner said...

Great post! Sadly, many children drink several sugary drinks everyday. Now wonder they say that their generation is the first that will not live longer than their parents.
Thanks for stopping by at my blog.

AVCr8teur said...

Good information to remind everyone about the perils of soda and sugar. I am convinced we all can been weaned off of soda and other sugary drinks.

Gina; The Candid RD said...

Nice post. I'm a big fan of posting about sugar, and the "other names" for it. this was very informative. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog!

Justine said...

I know that I probably consume my fair share of sugar through out the day, but I haven't had a full-sugar soda in ages! My body has gotten pretty sensitive to different types of sugar/sweeteners and I know that it is best for me to stay away from plain processed white sugar. It doe not do me well. :)

(Also, I would be very happy for you to try any of my recipes/ideas!)

Jos said...

Isn't it surprising how much sugar is in gram in terms of teaspoon? I usually stay away from any bottled juices, soda, soft drinks etc...water is my best friend. Btw, thanks for your comment on my blog.

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

There were once two kids in my hometown(they've grown up by now) whom got diabetic because they drank soft drinks instead of plain water everyday...their parents liked to stock cans of soft drinks in the fridge(for any guests who come visiting) but were not observant enough to see that it was actually their kids who were finishing them...the poor kids had to have insulin jabs everyday for the rest of their lives (one was 9yrs old and the other 11 yrs old)