(This graphic is from the takepart website slideshow referenced below.)

On the heels of our posts about high-sugar drinks and sugar cereal, we came across a graphic display that shocked us. Check out this slideshow on “sugar stats” from the takepart website. It compares amounts of sugar in popular foods with the amount of sugar in a Krispy Kreme original glazed donut, which is 10 grams (or 2.5 teaspoons) per donut. The comparisons are shocking.

Do you know what’s in your food?

For example, did you know that one can of Campbell’s classic tomato soup-on-the-go has 20 grams of sugar — the same amount of sugar as two donuts? Why? Cick the link to read the product’s nutrition label. Note that the fourth ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. When you make soup at home, do you sweeten it? No? Me neither!

Do you put Nature Valley Trail Mix fruit and nut bars in your kids’ lunches? Might as well put a donut! Click the link to read the label. These bars have 12 grams of sugar, which is the equivalent of 3 teaspoons, because of added high maltose corn syrup and sugar and added fructose and barley malt extract — ALL sweeteners! There are almost as many sweeteners as there are natural ingredients in the product! These bars are no healthier than a donut — really.

Below is a quick video on navigating the granola bar section at the grocery store!

So, why does this matter? Among the best ways to manage your weight is to be savvy about what you’re eating. And manufacturers are sneaky. High fructose corn syrup is a cheap product filler, and it’s not filling at all — so you eat more. And we Americans love our sweets! So we eat even more. No wonder 1:3 kids are overweight! Few of us would pack kids’ lunches with three donuts apiece, but plenty of us would pack Campbell’s tomato soup in thermoses with a trail mix bars alongside. Whoops!

We must pay attention to what’s in our food. On the Kurbo program, we teach label-reading. Kids themselves can master this task. Parents who are buying groceries, though, need to do this before bringing products into the home. Experts suggest that kids consume no more than 4-6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Since one of those Campbell’s soup cans has 20 grams of sugar, that’s around 5 teaspoons of sugar in the product. If you wouldn’t eat five teaspoons of sugar straight, why feed it to your child in a soup?

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