Jars of SUGAR!!

Do you know how much sugar you consume when you grab a quick drink or snack? The following table lists the amount of sugar, in grams, that you might find in several popular foods.

Food                                                                Grams of Sugar

Cola (12 oz.)                                                     42

Fat-free, fruit yogurt (8 oz.)                               35

Light popcorn (1 cup)                                        0

Fruit punch drink (8 oz.)                                    27

Sweetened breakfast cereal (3/4 cup)              15

Chocolate candy bar (1.55 oz.)                         40

What you will need

- 6 empty baby food jars, container of sugar, set of measuring spoons

What you will do

1. Note that 5 grams of sugar is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 gram is just under 1/4 teaspoon

2. Calculate how many teaspoons of sugar each listed product contains.

3. Using the spoons, measure the amount of sugar in each product. Place that amount in a jar and label the jar.

Below are a few research articles. Please use those articles as well as other ones to answer the following questions (open a word document and answer).

1. What are the positives and negatives associated with sugar intake? List at least two for each.

2. What is a healthy amount of sugar to have in one day?

3. Do you eat more or less than the suggested amount of sugar?

4. How does sugar affect your brain?

5. Do you notice a difference when you take in more sugar? How?