Saturday, April 05, 2008

How Much Sugar?!

I LOVE bubble gum. It's a fruity change from all the sugar-free mint flavored gums out there. I get a mouthful of chewiness and blowing bubbles is always fun. However, most bubble gums are not sugar-free (if you know of any, I'd like the scoop). In fact, it has 5 grams of sugar in a serving of one piece of bubble gum.

Then I wondered, how much is a gram of sugar? Surely 5 grams can't be that bad, can it? This prompted me to search the Internet for answers. According to GourmetSleuth.com, one gram of granulated sugar is about 1/4 teaspoon, so about four grams of sugar would be in a teaspoon. (Check out this handy cooking measurement converter.)

So whenever I chew a piece of bubble gum, I'm chewing 1¼ teaspoon of pure sugar!! And I usually just don't chew one piece per day either. Ugh...the thought of pouring over a teaspoon of sugar into my mouth just doesn't appeal to me. I guess I don't love bubble gum that much.

As I look at the nutritional information of things that I eat throughout the day, I'll keep what I've learned as a frame of reference (4 g. sugar = 1 teaspoon). Granted, not all sugars are created equal but I think it's a good gauge.

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