An Easy Way To Visualise How Much Sugar Is Actually In The Stuff You Eat

Sugar isn’t inherently bad for you, but producers add so much of the stuff to their food and drink it’s way past overkill. Trouble is, a number like “20g of sugar” on a nutrition label isn’t easy to comprehend. This trick will help.

In the video above from the Business Insider YouTube channel, registered nutritionist Andy Bellatti explains a simple way to mentally visualise how much sugar is your favourite snacks and beverages. Take the listed grams of sugar, then divide by four. That’s how many teaspoons, or small spoonfuls, of sugar are in there. If, for example, your soft drink has 20g of sugar in it, that means it has five teaspoons of sugar. If you were to go measure those out and dump them in a bowl, it wouldn’t seem nearly as appetising. Ideally, you should keep your added sugar intake to less than 40g per day, so keep that in mind as you do your shopping.

Why You Should Care About Added Sugars In Your Food

While Australia doesn't list added sugars on food labels, perhaps it should. Added sugars will be required on new labels rolling out in the US in a year or two. A 570g Pepsi will have to say it contains 130 per cent of your daily value of added sugar. Yogurt will have to call out their added sugar, so people can't kid themselves that it all comes from fruit. Food companies fought the change, but they lost. Yes, sugar industry, you are right. Added sugars are made of the same stuff as natural sugars. But the FDA's new labels are about health, not about getting the right answer on a chemistry quiz. It's really useful to know which foods contain a ton of added sugars.

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A nutritionist explains an easy way to understand how much sugar you’re eating daily [YouTube]


  • Sugar isn’t inherently bad for youHave you seen the state, or size, of the average human being walking around the city you live in? I actually watched an article on the news this morning that stated Americans now consider their overweight arses the new normal. That’s a hell of a shift in public perception. Sugar “is” the problem and it’s costing us a fortune in medical bills, not to mention killing off far too many people. Actually, I take that back, the big processed food manufacturers are the problem and they seem to have no conscience about it. Doesn’t matter who they kill or what burden they put on the public coffers, so long as they are making megabucks from it.

    • Statement is correct.

      Sugar isn’t inherently bad, just as one or two paracetamol tablets isn’t but a whole lot will do bad things.

      Everything can be toxic, what matters is the dose.

      • In context, he is talking about the amount of sugar in a can of soft drink and by association all processed food. I think my statement holds up.

  • That’s not true, over the long term, regular sugar intake is toxic to you. it causes obesity, metabolic disorder, heart disease, lethargy, and hunger. So it is very bad for you. You need no amount of sugar in your diet, it is a non essential chemical. Carbohydrates are also non essential as your body can create glucose from fat and protein, the two essential macro nutrients are fat and protein. And your veins and brain are made from cholesterol, so not that bad for you at all, unless you also eat sugar at the same time. want more look up Dr Lustig or Dr. Sarah Hallberg on youtube. We have been CONNED by big food, they are lobbying in our governemnt, they are literally in bed with the government, married to Fiona Nash, they destroyed Australians 5 Star Food rating, Nutrigrain 26% sugar has 4 stars, butter has .5 stars, it was pulled down and changed on Fiona Nash’ orders. Totally corrupt.

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