Do You Know How Much Sugar You're Sipping?
Although you may be aware of the nutritional value of the foods that you're eating, do you think as much about what's in your drinks? This must-see photo series by CNN takes a look at the bittersweet reality of beverages and how much sugar they actually contain. It's definitely an eye-opener, especially in light of the World Health Organization's new guidelines! WHO's recommendation is that only 5 percent of total daily calories should be from added sugar. CNN estimates that's only 6 teaspoons.
In their photo series, CNN matched up America's best-selling drinks to snacks with comparable amounts of sugar. For example, a 20-ounce bottle of Coke has 65 grams of sugar. That's nearly 11 times the recommended daily amount--from just one soda! It's also equivalent to eating five Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. Even seemingly healthy options like skim milk are guilty of hosting hidden sugars. An 8-oz glass of milk has 11 grams of sugar, or the same amount as 4 Starbursts! That means if you splash some milk in your morning cereal, you may have already consumed your daily sugar limit before lunchtime.
Check out CNN's site to see all of the images, and be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming "Sugar Shocker" story in Choices this fall. Subscribe for your teen, so they don't miss out on the latest health and well-being news!