Mom Talk: Watch the Sugar Intake

Do you know how much sugar is in everyday foods and drinks?

Being thirsty and tired often makes us think we are hungry when we are not. Trish Barry’s essay for Patch [] begins with her describing how she lost close to 11 pounds through a weight loss program at work. The Connecticut mom said the  plan revolves around paying attention to yourself, and how hungry you really are. Trish avoided the specifics of the program, save one: the suggestion to avoid sugar: no sweets for a while, and then when you do add them, make it occasional, very occasional.

Encouraged by her own success, she began to rethink her kids’ drinks. I thought about the juice boxes that I put into my kids lunches. Juicy Juice which boasts 100% juice has twenty-two grams of sugar in one box! That is 5 ½ teaspoons of sugar (four grams is equal to one teaspoon of sugar) in a juice box! HOLY COW!”

Like all concerned parents, Trish knows to dilute juice at home. “When we buy bigger bottles of juice, we have generally diluted it. You better believe that we will be diluting even more now.”

A major problem is quantity. Trish asks, “Have you ever had just eight ounces of Gatorade? Nope me neither. They come in those thirty-two ounce bottles, and I can drink those down without thinking about it. That thirty-two ounce bottle has fifty-six grams of sugar, equal to fourteen teaspoons.”

And Trish hasn’t stopped counting. “A twenty ounce bottle of Coke has seventeen teaspoons of sugar. To get an idea of how much this really is, take one of your empty soda bottles and measure out seventeen teaspoons of sugar and pour it in.”

Trish’s take-away should be the battle cry of every mom: “It’s a LOT of sugar.”

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Jonathan Hall is a drinking water advocate. He blogs at and has worked as an independent strategy and social media content consultant.