Thursday, April 06, 2006

How much Sugar in my Drink?

Today in Ms. Boggess’s 7th grade Peer Resources class at Burbank, we compared the amount of sugar in different kinds of beverages. In order to compare we took four steps:
  1. We read Nutrition Facts on each bottle and found the grams of sugar in one serving size, or 8 oz.
  2. We calculated how many servings were in one bottle. Most bottles were 20 oz, so we used that number, and got the total grams of sugar in one bottle.
  3. We weighed one teaspoon of sugar (4 grams) and calculated how many teaspoons of sugar are in one bottle.
  4. We measured out the number of teaspoons into a plastic baggie for each beverage, so we could SEE the difference!
Here are our totals, for teaspoons of sugar in one 20 oz bottle of different beverages:
Water – 0 tsp
V8 – 6 tsp
Vitamin Water – 8 tsp
Sports drink – 9 tsp
Apple juice – 18 tsp
Coke – 17 tsp
SoBe Citrus drink – 25 tsp
Sugar Limit for one entire day: 48 g or 12 tsp

Then we thought about what it would be like to eat the bag of 25 teaspoons of sugar. Yuck.

Then we talked about a few things. One, would you rather eat natural sugar that comes straight from an apple, no sugar added, instead of a coke that is full of added sugar? Or diet soda, filled with fake, chemical sugar?!

Last, we thought about what happens to you if you eat more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per day. We though you would gain lots of weight, and have trouble in class because you’d feel really hyper and then later you’d feel sick, tired and have a headache.

At the end of class we made delicious smoothies!

8 comments:

Katie said...

I have drinking diet soda since college and I was shocked at the amount of soudium and fake sugar that I was putting into my body. When I was at the grocery store this morning I bought a bottle of water instead of a Diet Coke!

Maribelle said...

I learned that there is no sugar and fat in water. I enjoyed the part whan we found out how much water is in some drinks.

Maribelle said...

I meant to say, I found out how much SUGAR is in some drinks.

B5'ER SAID... said...

The thing I learned yesterday is there's a lot of sugar in drinks that I drink everyday!!! The cool thing about the whole lesson is when we made smoothies!!!

Alex said said...

I LEARND THAT THE SOBE DRINK HAS 24.6 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR. I LIKED WHEN WE MEASURED THE SUGAR AND PUT IT IN PLASTIC BAGS.

SpEcTaCuLaR'z WiFeY said...

I LeArNeD tHaT tHeRe'S sOmE sOrT oF sUgAr iN vItAmIn WaTeR wHiCh Is 8 TsP.... AnD tHe BeSt PaRt Of WhAt We DiD yEsTeRdAy WaS mAkInG tHe SmOoThIeS....

Spongebob said...

The thing I learned is that Coke has 18tsp of suger in it. The thing I enjoyed is when we made smoothies!

ahmet can said...

Thanks Best Regards
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