For Home Economics on Monday the 5th of December, Crana College had a visitor during TY’s cookery class. In this lesson, the students measured accurately how much teaspoons of sugar are added to popular foods, which included Tomato Ketchup, Starbust’s sweets, a Capri Sun juice drink, and many other sought-after household foods.
Teaspoons of sugar were placed into glass containers, which had the amount of added sugars in each of the products, using the label of information found on the back of the food packets.
Also, if you notice words in the ingredients section end in ‘ose’ e.g. glucose, this means there is sugar present, even if it tells you its sugar free. If you would like to measure how much sugar is in the foods in your home, follow these simple steps:
- Look at the ingredients label, most commonly found at the back of your product.
- Identify the grams of sugar listed per serving, and convert this quantity into teaspoons.
- Then divide the grams by 4.
This will then show you how much added sugars we in your product.
The Recommended Daily Amount for added sugars are 7 teaspoons.
4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon