If a child was to have a hot chocolate for breakfast, a piece of toast with regular strawberry jam, then have a pop and chips with lunch – guess what? They would’ve just consumed 18 teaspoons of sugar.
Statistics Canada says the average Canadian eats 23 teaspoons of added sugar per day. And that’s not counting the sugars naturally occurring in foods.
The average person eats
23 teaspoons of sugar PER DAY!
But what surprises most people is that foods such as tomato sauce, soup at the diner, or deli meats, are also loaded with sugar.
Even though these foods may not taste sweet, they can still contain “hidden” sugars, since sweeteners can be used as preservatives, browning agents or to provide texture.
If you don’t see the word “sugar” on an ingredient list, look for these alternative descriptions:
• High fructose corn syrup
• Cane juice
• Syrup (corn, malt, golden, maple)
Check out these snacks' sugar content:
Grocery Store Blueberry Muffins = 18-21 g
1 Timbit = 5 g
Dole diced peaches in light syrup: 1 small serving cup = 18 g
Quaker Oatmeal to Go, Brown Sugar Cinnamon: 1 bar = 19 g
Quaker Chewy Dipps Chocolate Chip Granola Bars: 1 bar = 13 g
Jell-O Fat Free Pudding Snacks, 1 small cup = 17 g
1 Twinkie = 19 g
1 Yoplait Light Yoghurt Cup = 14 g
1 PB&J sandwich (regular PB and sugary jam) = 18 g