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Earlier in the week I was invited by my local American Heart Association (AHA) to film a short 1 minute “Nutrition Tip” on a health topic of my choice for the general public.  I chose “sugar” not only because it’s Trick-O-Treat time but also because I wanted to address the “sneaky sugars” that we consume in our drinks.  Well, we all know that soda has a ton of sugar, but did you know that coffee drinks often have heaps full of sugar (and Saturated Fat) and even those drinks with a “health halo” like Vitamin Water and Snapple Ice Tea can also have a whole days worth.  The AHA recommends that women get no more than 6 teaspoons (24g) of added sugar a day (added meaning the natural sugars in your carrots etc don’t count) and for men the recommendation is 9 teaspoons (36g) a day. To find out how many teaspoons are in your drinks or other sneaky sources like spaghetti sauce, salad dressing or sliced bread, divide the number of grams on the nutrition label by 4 (eg 32g of sugar on the label = 8 tsp)

The breakdown of the sugar content in the beverages I chose for my video (see below) was as follows:

20 oz Coke (1 Serving) = 65 g Sugar or 16 tsp (240kcals)
13.7 oz Starbucks Frappucino (~2 Servings) = 54g Sugar or 13.5 tsp (340kcal)
20 oz Vitamin Water (2.5 servings) = 32.5g Sugar or 8 tsp (125 kcal)
17.5 ozSnapple Ice Tea = 30g or 8 tsp (120 kcal)
(The Snapple Tea was labeled Green Tea“Metabolism” flavor, how ironic since you are getting on those added sugar which are empty calories, you are better of with just green tea- which incidentally does help boost your metabolism)

Better choices?
TAP WATER! (Keep those plastic bottles out of the landfill plus it’s free and safe- often more regulated than water you can buy)
Sparkling Water- try one with a hint of lime/lemon if your
Unsweetened Ice Tea ( I used “Teas’ Tea” brand for my shoot) or Hot Tea
Or if you must….Diet Soda (but I don’t trust those artificial sugars- will discuss in a future post along with HFCS and Agave stay tuned!)

Here is the video as part of a AHA Start! Eating Healthy Initiative:

Also….since we are heading into Halloween, here is a bit of info on those candies you might be seeing in your kid’s bag or around the office…..Go ahead and have some as a special treat but remember moderation and eat more veggies next week to counter balance!

• Serving: Fun-size bar
• Calories: 80
• Fat: 4 grams, Sugar 7g

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate snack-size bar
• Serving: 1 .49-ounce bar
• Calories: 67
• Fat: 4 grams

Tootsie Rolls
• Serving: 6 pieces
• Calories: 140
• Fat: 1g grams, Sugar 22 g
Skittles Original Bite Size Candies
• Serving: Fun-size bag
• Calories: 80
• Fat: 0.7 grams, Sugar 30g

• Serving: Fun-size bag
• Calories: 73
• Fat: 3 grams, Sugar 10g

• Serving: Fun-size bar
• Calories: 100
• Fat: 4 grams, Sugar 10g

Tootsie Roll Pop
• Calories: 60
• Fat: 0 grams, Sugar 10g

Starburst Fruit Chews
• Serving: 2 pieces
• Calories: 40
• Fat: 0.8 grams, Sugars 6g

Brach’s Candy Corn
• Serving: 22 pieces
• Calories: 140
• Fat: 0 grams, Sugar 22g


Nutrition information for candies obtained from livestrong.com and a few similar sites which give nutrition info

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