It may not be as fun as a Buzzfeed quiz – but it’s a quiz worth taking.
Last week, Lindsey & I were invited to speak to area high school students at the Students In Action (SIA) semi-annual conference, held at Porter Gaud. SIA is a youth service and leadership program for highschoolers from across the tri-county area. We had a blast chatting with the students about the importance of understanding where your food comes from and what its made of in order to ensure a healthy diet.
To help get this point across we asked the students to estimate how much sugar is in the following products, and to rank them from highest sugar content to lowest:
Sugar Content: Rank from Highest to Lowest
- Heinz Ketchup
- Store brand Spaghetti
- Otis Spunkmeyer Wild Blueberry Muffin
- Kraft Mac & Cheese
- 32 oz. Low-cal Gatorade G2
- Luna Lemon Zest Bar
As a baseline for comparison, we used a Krispy Kreme donut – one of the sweetest (and most delicious, I have to admit) deserts imaginable. Each one of these little devils contains 10 grams of sugar. So, how do these other foods stack up against a glazed donut? The results were surprising to us all – and nobody got the order right on the first try.
Think you can rank them? Give it a try – and then continue reading to check your answers!
The actual sugar content of each product:Otis Spunkmeyer Wild Blueberry Muffin: 16 grams per serving (2 per package) 32 oz Gatorade G2 Low Calorie: 7 grams per serving (2.5 per bottle) Luna Lemon Zest Bar: 12 grams per serving (1 bar) Kraft Mac & Cheese: 7 grams per serving (3 per package) Heinz Ketchup: 4 grams per serving (tbsp) (typical fast food packet) Spaghetti: 2 (2 oz) grams per serving (4) (8 oz) These rankings could go a few different ways, depending on how you look at them. We ranked them I based on how they’re typically consumed. Counted this way, the rankings are:
#1 Blueberry Muffin – 32 sugars
#2 Bottle of Gatorade G2 – 16 sugars
#3 Two servings of Mac & Cheese – 14 sugars
#4 Three packets of Ketchup – 12 sugars
#5 Luna Bar – 12 sugars (Tied with above!)
#6 Four ounces of Spaghetti – 4 sugars
————————–Were you as surprised as we were? The students we quizzed were floored to learn that some of the foods they think of as low-sugar in fact packed quite a punch. It begs the question: How much do we really know about what we eat? It also demonstrates the importance of nutrition education. We hope to continue quizzes like this and other forms of nutrition education via our mobile market, where we’ll offer free nutrition education programming designed to get people thinking about how the food they eat interacts with their bodies, their environment, and their community.
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