How Much Do You Know About Sugar?


Welcome to Day #2 of PureFormulas’ Sugar Crush Challenge: 30 days of tips, recipes, and tools to help you cut down on sugar and crush those cravings!

Cutting down on sugar is not a new topic and we are aware that following our sweet tooth might not be in the best interest of our health. But how much do you really know about sugar itself? Take this quiz and see how sugar savvy you are.

1. True or False: Much of the sugars consumed today are “hidden” in processed foods that are not usually seen as dessert.

a. True
b. False

2. True or False: Sugar-free products can contain up to 0.5 grams of sugar per serving

a. True
b. False

3. How many different names can sugar go by:

a. Less than 20 names
b. 30 names
c. 40 names
d. More than 50 names

4. The American Heart Association (AHA) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend that we limit our sugar intake to around:

a. 15 grams
b. 25 grams
c. 35 grams
d. 45 grams

5. One can tell if sugar is added or naturally occurring in a product by:

a. There is no difference between added or naturally occurring
b. The label specifies naturally occurring and added sugars separately
c. The ingredients list will give you a good idea
d. There is no way of knowing

6. How many grams of sugar does a regular 12 oz. can of soda usually have?

a. Less than 10 grams
b. 10-20 grams
c. 20-30 grams
d. Over 30 grams

1. True

Although there are some foods that are clearly high sources of sugar, like desserts, there are many foods that are not even meant to be seen as sweets but still contain high amounts of sugar, such as bread, tomato sauce, and drinks.

2. True

The term “sugar-free” can be quite tricky! Not only can sugar-free foods have up to 0.5 grams of sugar per serving, but they can also contain other sweeteners as long as they’re not generally understood by consumers as containing sugar.

3. (d) More than 50

Although keeping track of over 50 different names can seem challenging, if you get into the habit of reading labels, it will become easier to spot the sneaky ways sugar can be found in the list of ingredients. But here’s a hint, there are quite a few of them that end in “-ose.”

4. (b) 25 grams

The World Health Organization released a draft of the new sugar guidelines on March 5th of this year (2014). The draft suggested lowering sugar intake from 10% of your daily calories to just 5%. For an adult, this comes out to about 6 teaspoons or 25 grams of sugar per day.

5. (c) The ingredients list will give you a good idea

Looking under “sugar” in the nutrition facts might not give you any clue as to whether the sugar is added or found naturally in food. But if you look closely at the list of ingredients, you’ll get a better idea by paying attention to where sugar shows up on the list (if it’s in the beginning, it’s found in higher amounts) and how many times.

6. (d) Over 30 grams

One of the most common high sources of sugar comes from sodas and drinks. Some can even have over 40 grams of sugar in just one can! This is 15 grams more than the recommendation.

Coming up next: Added or natural sugar? Know the difference and more as we continue Sugar Crush.




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