Weekend Challenge: Pour Some Sugar

Friday, February 1, 2013

I am always surprised when I see a photo like this:

I like to think of myself as an educated consumer.  If I can't decide between 2 products in the shop, I look at the nutrition label.  My recent addiction has been jelly snakes (aka gummy worms in America).  They have 32+ grams of sugar in a 1/4 of a bag.  But who has the willpower to stop after just a few?

Now you do the math using the photo above.  Red Bull has 27.5g sugar.  I consume 4x that with one bag of jelly snakes.  That is terrible!  Why do I exercise so much and aim to tea total but poison myself in other ways?

Your challenge is to physically weigh of the sugar for your favorite snack or drink.  If it is not on the packages, go to the company's website and look for nutritional info.  Be mindful of the suggested portion size and how much you normally consume.  Are you surprised? Does it motivate you to change your ways?

Snap a photo of your results and email it mollie@ptmollie.com. I will share your discoveries here.

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