Ever hear people say “That cookie has enough sugar to fill 10 teaspoons”? Wonder how they come up with that? I’ll tell you, it’s easy!
All you need to remember is:
1 teaspoon of sugar = 4 grams of sugar
So simply read the label and see how many grams of sugar per serving is in that food. Then divide by 4 to figure out how many teaspoons that equals.
Lets look at Oatmeal Crisp cereal for an example:
It has 16 grams of sugar per cup which would equal 4 teaspoons of sugar (16 divided by 4).
In general you want to aim for no more than 5 tsp of ADDED sugar per day (= 20 grams of sugar). See the post from Monday as a reminder for what we mean by added sugars.
I often find that when we put it in terms of how many teaspoons of sugar, it helps people put it in perspective and visualize it better rather than saying “that has 20 grams of sugar!”
And don’t forget about juice (aka juice-pop) which can really pack in the sugar. One small 300 ml bottle of 100% cranberry juice, for example, can pack in 12 teaspoons of sugar (48grams). Ouch! Even though that’s not a source of added sugar, too much sugar (even natural sugar) is too much! Can anyone say empty calories?