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How Much Sugar You're Really Eating

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  • That's why I'd like to see sugar added to the food tracker. Yes, I did read your answer for why it's not, but I really feel that is more a political statement. Percentages and amounts of sugar are listed on the nutritional labels. Using that would be a good start, hidden sugars, fats, gluten are all out there, that's a fact of life, unfortunately. Please add sugar to your tracker! - 11/23/2014 3:25:40 PM
  • White bread affects me like sugar. My pre diabetes is poking its nasty head. - 10/28/2014 9:43:28 PM
  • learn something new today. Thanks sparks
    - 10/23/2014 9:21:06 AM
  • A metric teaspoon has 5 grams
    A metric tablespoon has 20 grams
    It usually works similar to liquids whereas a teaspoon equals 5ml - 9/29/2014 4:56:43 AM
  • 1tsp sugar weighs 4.2 grams. per my scale. - 9/28/2014 6:09:15 PM
  • thank you,very good advice,we need to know these things,love SP!!!!!
    - 9/28/2014 12:47:34 PM
  • how many grams is 6 tsp equal? - 9/28/2014 9:28:57 AM
  • Sugar can kill, people who are diabetic like me need to seriously watch it. Watch the so called "healthy" processed foods, like instant oatmeal. Look at the sugar content and the Carbohydrates, and the fiber. If the fiber is above 4 grams, then half of the fiber can be subtracted from the Carbs,( since Fiber is passed through the body instead of absorbed) I do have instant oatmeal, but I choose a "weight control" or a "Low Sugar" option. READ your labels. Fruit is okay unless you are a diabetic like me, then you need to watch it. My nutritionist once told me that if everyone ate like a Diabetic they'd be healthier. - 8/14/2014 3:48:14 PM
  • This would have been more helpful if it had told you how many grams is in 1 tsp of sugar.
    Or if it had put together some products eaten over the course of a day to show what 6 tsp of sugar looks like in real life - 7/31/2014 7:30:10 AM
  • Great video and a great tip! Thanks! :) - 7/29/2014 7:58:19 PM
  • I don't drink soda. I do like fruit. I need to stay away from chocolate (even dark for now until I get this under control). I probably eat more than 6 tsp. of sugar. In the video was 6 tsp. coming out of a bowl of oatmeal? Processed sugar is poison but it is so good. I will really try to watch sugar portions.
    My friend who is diabetic was told by her doctor sugar alcohols are as bad as, or even worse than sugar. Look for sugar alcohol on labels, too. - 7/27/2014 5:57:23 PM
  • 1tsp of sugar=4g which means a woman should not exceed 24g of sugar per day!?That sounds like a very small amount to me. Anyways, I agree with those who recommended to have sugar as trackable separatly from carbs. - 7/11/2014 9:16:38 AM
  • Dr. Robert Lustig has some great video lectures on You Tube about sugar and the many places it hides from us by using up to 49 different names. He has several books out. He started analyzing childhood obesity.

    Dr. Morris Beathea co-wrote a book called "Sugar Busters" back in the 1990's that also detailed how much sugar we are getting in our diets and how to choose alternative foods to reduce sugar. - 7/11/2014 3:54:37 AM
  • In my opinion there are good sugars and bad sugars. The kind of sugar you get from raw carrots would be a good sugar vs. the kind of sugar you get from a surgery cereal would not.
    I agree it would be nice to have sugar as a trackable ingredient in our food intake each day. Just a suggestion to Spark People. :-) - 6/25/2014 8:40:01 AM
  • I wonder why 'sugar' is not listed as one of the track-able ingredients that can be monitored for daily intake. I feel that many would benefit from the information that this one ingredient would provide. I tried adding 'sucrose', which is listed as a track-able ingredient, but this did not recognize the sugar content of food products. I realize that sugar falls under the heading of a carbohydrate but I feel it deserves a separate line item listing just as it does in the 'Nutrition Facts' label on all food products.
    To summarize: Sugar is one of our biggest challenges, why not make it track-able ? Thank you. - 5/22/2014 10:08:08 AM