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How Much Sugar Is in Your Food and Drinks?


Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
Photo of girl eating junk food that is not approved at Riverwind Dental in Richmond, VAWe live in a fast-paced society, making it difficult to keep up with a healthy balance of nutrients. Sugar, in the form of glucose, is one of the nutrients that we consume, and the body can barely operate without it. Consuming too much sugar, however, raises the risk of health problems like obesity, diabetes, and increased pressure on the heart and blood vessels. In a recent study carried out in the U.S., the average person consumes more than seventeen teaspoons of sugar each day. This is nearly double what an average person should ingest. The average male is supposed to consume no more than nine teaspoons in a day, while women are supposed to consume no more than six teaspoons, according to the American Heart Association. How much sugar is in the foods you consume?

Sugar


Sugar (glucose) is a substance that relates to sweet-tasting substances. It is a carbohydrate that is available in different forms. There are three main types: sucrose, lactose, and fructose. The cells need glucose to survive, but consuming too much of it can cause health issues. Below are some foods that are listed with their sugar content.

Chocolate Bars


There are less harmful chocolate options like dark or raw chocolate. However, common chocolate bars many purchase have much more sugar. For example, Snickers bars have 5.83 teaspoons of sugar, Milky-Way bars have 7.02 teaspoons of sugar, Three Musketeers bars have 8.14 teaspoons of sugar, and Butterfinger bars have 5.58 teaspoons of sugar.

Soft Drinks


Sugary beverages contribute to your daily sugar intake. Coca-Cola (330ml can) contains 7.25 teaspoons of sugar, Redbull (one can) contains 5.35 teaspoons, Sprite (one can) contains 7.61 teaspoons of sugar, and ginger beer contains 10.18 teaspoons of sugar.

Fruits


Fruits contain fructose and have no added sugar. However, the sugar content ranges from 1 teaspoon in 100 grams (cranberries) to over 3 teaspoons in grapes (per 100 grams). Tomatoes have the lowest sugar content of 0.53 teaspoons per 100 grams.

Breakfast cereals contain as much sugar as 8 teaspoons. For more information about what you should eat, contact your medical practitioners.

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