Last week we looked at how much sugar was in each of the following drinks we all consume regularly. Sugar is important to our bodies, as it is the fuel to keep sugar is like the petrol we add to our car, it keeps us going. But what many of us didn’t realise is the amount we consume that can be the problem.
The average adult only needs about 92 grams of sugar a day to function well and keep our weight and health stable. Many of us consume far more than this and that is when it can lead to problems.
These are the results we collected last week.
Gatorade- 9 tsp-
Lipton Iced Tea- 6.5 tsp-
V-Energy Drink-13.5 tsp
200ml Juice Box-5.6 tsp
Coke Life- 10 tsp
Chocolate Big M- 15 tsp
Dare Iced Coffee- 12 tsp
Our results shocked many of us. Its the secret, hidden sugars in our foods that are a danger to our health.
Many foods don’t taste sweet, yet still contain a lot of sugar.
An order of medium fries at McDonald’s contains 47 grams of carbohydrate. 47 grams of carbohydrate converts to about 47 grams of sugar, which is almost 10 teaspoons.
Why are these hidden sugars dangerous?
What happens to sugars if we don’t use them?
Our bodies burn off sugar automatically during the day. But most of us don’t exercise enough to burn off what we consume and thats when we can have health problems.
The following calculator shows how much exercise it would take to burn off a can of Coke. We have 600ml bottle so would need to double this amount of exercise.
When we exercise we burn calories. There are about 4 calories=1 gram of sugar..
Work out the calories hidden in each of our drinks, then use the calculator to work out 5 exercisesand how long it would take to burn off the drinks.
Hypothesis- How long do you think you would need to jog to burn off 1x600ml bottle of Coke?