A while back I watched a short segment on a local morning TV show about sugar. More specifically about drinking sugar in different liquid beverages and believe me some will surprise you. The host was interviewing a holistic pharmacist.

Let’s start with a pure apple juice drinking box, one that is easy to put into a lunch or pack for a days outing. The apple juice drinking box as natural as it is comes with six teaspoons of pure sugar. Six teaspoons is equal to two tablespoons. Can you imagine spoon feeding two tablespoons of sugar to your child or grandchild.

Now visualize a bottle of orange juice the ones that you buy in a convenience store, slightly larger than five hundred ml, straight out of the cooler. Your thinking I don’t want to drink pop so I’ll grab some pure orange juice. As much as it is a better choice then pop that bottle of orange juice because it is concentrated orange juice is equal to ten teaspoons of sugar or three tablespoons plus one teaspoon. On the other hand if you ate an orange the sugar content would be equal to around one teaspoon and the orange would include some fiber, but if you just drink orange juice you gain no fiber.

Let’s jump to how much sugar is in a can of pop. Do you want to take a guess first? One can of pop is equal to twenty teaspoons of sugar which converts to almost seven tablespoons of sugar. Now think about if you drank more than one can of pop in a day. Two cans would equal more than thirteen tablespoons and three cans would equal twenty tablespoons or sixty teaspoons. Curiosity got the best of me so I started to measure what would equal twenty tablespoons but stopped at fifteen tablespoons as that equalled one cup of sugar. Therefore if you drink two cans of pop a day you are literally drinking almost one cup of sugar.

Now for all of those that are thinking I never drink pop, yet will go and drink a speciality cold or hot coffee which many of them are equal to the same as a pop in sugar content, twenty teaspoons. Yes twenty teaspoons in one drink which is again is about a half a cup of sugar. Some might be thinking well I drink diet pop. In my opinion diet pop is an oxymoron you are trading sugar for chemicals.
No wonder diabetes and obesity is on the rise. I can’t even image how much sugar would be in one of those gigantic frozen drinks at a convenience store.

So today’s healthy habit is drink water, its sugar free. You can even add some slices of fruit for additional flavour.

Diane Elms Homeopath, D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, Specializing in Drugless Cancer Care, 2006 Iridologist of the Year, if you have any health related questions contact diane@choicesforhealthandharmony.com or 905 768 0848.

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