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Why Does Sugar Matter?

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Why Does Sugar Matter?
Americans appear to love it. It’s in our schools, workplaces, community centers, and kitchen pantries.  We drink about 34 pounds of it every year. 
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What are we talking about? Sugar

We are all impacted by sugar in so many ways, particularly in communities of color. African Americans and Latinos have less access to healthy drinks and consume more sugary drinks than their white peers. African American children and teens see more than twice as many ads for sugary drinks than their white peers. Advertising targeted at Latino youth has drastic results. Latino kids visit sugary drink company websites 93 percent more than their non-Hispanic peers. And these same groups experience higher rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. These issues are brought on, in part, by sugar. 

According to the American Heart Association, sugary drinks like juice drinks, soda, and sports drinks are the number one source of added sugars in our diet. 

  • A 12-ounce can of regular soda has 10 teaspoons of added sugar
  • A 20-ounce bottle of regular soda has 16 teaspoons of added sugar

What can you do about sugar?

Reading the ingredient list on a processed food’s label can tell you if the product contains added sugars. And over the next few years, all packaged foods will include added sugars on the nutrition facts label.  Here are 13 code words for added sugars on the ingredients list:

  1. Brown sugar
  2. Corn sweetener
  3. Corn syrup
  4. Fruit juice concentrates
  5. High-fructose corn syrup
  6. Honey
  7. Invert sugar
  8. Malt sugar
  9. Molasses
  10. Raw sugar
  11. Sugar
  12. Sugar molecules ending in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose)
  13. Syrup

Want to know even more? Follow these tips to cut down on added sugars

It’s time to take action!

You can take action to make a difference in your community when it comes to sugary drinks. Sign our petition to stand up for healthier options!

Stand for healthier options today!