sugar game! [giveaway]

by Janetha on September 8, 2011

in fun facts

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here’s a fun game.

i got an email that shows various foods and beverages photographed with the number of sugar cubes that represents the sugar content in that particular food or beverage.

now, the email was a little misleading because it had sugar cubes representing the grams of sugar in a bottle of coke and in a banana—we all know that the types of sugar in these items are different. sugar in fruit is good. sugar in soda is bad. and yes, that is the way i look at it. here’s my disclaimer: you may not agree with me and you may agree with those high fructose corn syrup (oh, excuse me, corn sugar) commercials that say it’s not bad for you.  that’s fine. you eat what you want, but i am not going to suck down a coke.

anyway, a standard sugar cube is roughly four grams of sugar (or about a teaspoon). 4.17 grams if you want to get technical. you all know i did a little no added sugar challenge awhile back, where i didn’t eat ANY foods that had a single bit of added sugar (including natural sugars like stevia, honey, etc) for a whole week. it was hard! but i did it. and i felt better.  a LOT better. i did eat foods with naturally occurring sugars like fruit, milk and plain yogurt. when my challenge was over, i did start eating added sugars again, but i am now mindful of them. i try to keep it to no more than five grams of added sugar and have learned to check the label! reading the ingredient list to see what TYPE of added sugar in an item has become very important to me. if the added sugar is evaporated cane juice, i am more likely to eat it than if the added sugar is high fructose corn syrup.

i am not ridiculously strict with my low sugar intake. i probably should be, since it makes me feel a lot better when i eat less sugar, but i have a hard time shying away from ice cream. real ice cream. that’s my main weakness.. and if you ask me, it’s not a bad one to have. i eat relatively healthy and low-sugar the majority of my time, so eating ice cream a few times a week is not a big deal to me.

i do think that the amount of sugar consumed (especially in the USA) is a problem for a lot of the population. there is sugar in everything! i really learned just how shocking it was when i did my full week of no sugar. there was added sugar hiding in mrs. dash seasoning, for goodness sake. why???? i just don’t get it.

those who are not aware of how much sugar they are consuming are slowly harming their health, one soda or cinnabon at a time. the email i received made me shake my head at just how much sugar is in everything. of course, the fruit and vegetable sugars were a different story, but when i saw the sugar cubes next to the snickers bar or the thousand island dressing, it made me cringe a little.

so.. enough sugar rambles.. let’s talk about this game!  again, i want to stress the fact that the sugar cubes are JUST representing grams of sugar in an item (4 grams per cube) not the TYPE of sugar in the item. grams of sugar in fruit are NOT the same as grams of sugar in soda. capisce?

let’s go!

(all images were pulled from my email, i do not take credit for the images nor do i know whom to give credit to.)

here are two examples of how the sugar cubes represent the amount of sugar in each item:

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12 oz can of coke=9.5 sugar cubes=39 grams of sugar

20 oz bottle of coke=16.5 sugar cubes=65 grams of sugar

1 liter bottle of coke=27.5 sugar cubes=108 grams of sugar

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single serving of trix cereal=3 sugar cubes=12 grams of sugar

get it?

here’s the game!

i will post the name, quantity you are supposed to base your answer on and photo of an item. you guess the number of sugar cubes in each item. to keep it simple, answers should be submitted in either whole or half sugar cube increments. so, 3 sugar cubes or 6.5 sugar cubes. no need to say 5.81254 sugar cubes. got it?

there are ten items so you will have ten answers. there is an answer form to copy and paste at the end of this post. answer forms are to be submitted using my contact form.

the person who gets all ten questions right (or comes the closest!) will win this fun, NO SUGAR ADDED prize pack:

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mary’s gone crackers, three kinds of stretch island fruit co fruit leathers, three larabars and a cute mug.  no sugar added to any of it! well, there is no sugar added to the mug yet.. it’s up to you what you put in it if you win.

now, to be fair, DON’T GOOGLE THE ITEMS! it’s the honor code, and i am sure that the answers are just a google search away. but this is meant to be a fun way to test your knowledge. don’t be a cheater.

let’s go!

#1: ONE HALF CUP haagen dazs fat free raspberry sorbet

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#2: ONE BAR health valley strawberry cereal bar

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#3: ONE CUP of cantaloupe cubes

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#4: ONE ROLL cinnabon cinnamon roll

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#5: ONE CUP of original cheerios cereal

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#6: ONE 16 OUNCE starbucks mocha frappuccino with whipped cream

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#7: ONE LARGE banana

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#8: ONE TABLESPOON of heinz organic ketchup

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#9: EIGHT baby carrots

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#10: 16 OZ BOTTLE snapple lemon iced tea

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copy and paste the form below into my contact form and fill in the blanks.

1. 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet= ____sugar cubes

2. one health valley cereal bar= ____sugar cubes

3. one cup of cantaloupe= ____sugar cubes

4. one whole cinnabon= ____sugar cubes

5. one cup of cheerios= ____sugar cubes

6. one 16 oz mocha frappuccino= ____sugar cubes

7. one large banana= ____sugar cubes

8. one tablespoon of ketchup= ____sugar cubes

9. eight baby carrots= ____sugar cubes

10. one 16 oz bottle of lemon snapple iced tea= ____sugar cubes

remember that the sugar cubes represent grams of sugar in each item—4 grams per cube. i also want to point out, once again, that this is just a game. the number of sugar cubes that represents the grams of sugar in a banana doesn’t mean there are than many grams of refined sugar in the banana! all sugar in fruit and vegetables is naturally occurring.. not added.  i know you guys know this, but i don’t want to seem misleading. it’s just a game.

i will be taking answers until friday the 9th at 11:59 PM. the first person to get all the answers right OR the person who comes the closest will win the prize pack!

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PLEASE don’t cheat! have fun and just guess!

good luck!

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i am busy watching marshall bite his nails as he watches the packer’s game tonight. it has officially begun. back tomorrow with real rambles!

xo. janetha g.

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 8, 2011 at 11:52 pm

What a fun game! It really makes you think about how much sugar you’re taking in while eating normal, everyday foods, drinks, and condiments.

cameo September 9, 2011 at 4:29 am

Super fun post and giveaway!!!
1. 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet= 3.5 sugar cubes

2. one health valley cereal bar= 5 sugar cubes

3. one cup of cantaloupe= 2.5 sugar cubes

4. one whole cinnabon= 10 sugar cubes

5. one cup of cheerios= 1.5-2 sugar cubes

6. one 16 oz mocha frappuccino= 5 sugar cubes

7. one large banana= 4 sugar cubes

8. one tablespoon of ketchup= 2 sugar cubes

9. eight baby carrots= 2 sugar cubes

10. one 16 oz bottle of lemon snapple iced tea= 4.5 sugar cubes

Am I right? Am I right? Can’t wait…

Lauren September 9, 2011 at 6:50 am

LOVE YOU!!! What a fun game too! Okay, on to my guesses…

1. 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet= __5__sugar cubes

2. one health valley cereal bar= __4__sugar cubes

3. one cup of cantaloupe= __4__sugar cubes

4. one whole cinnabon= __10__sugar cubes

5. one cup of cheerios= __3__sugar cubes

6. one 16 oz mocha frappuccino= __9__sugar cubes

7. one large banana= __4__sugar cubes

8. one tablespoon of ketchup= ___2_sugar cubes

9. eight baby carrots= ___1_sugar cubes

10. one 16 oz bottle of lemon snapple iced tea= __6__sugar cubes

lindsay September 9, 2011 at 7:11 am

woman, you are doing great things! Congrats on the fit stop article. Keep ’em coming!

Allison September 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

Oopsies, I didn’t copy and paste the chart, I just submitted answers! I got so excited and started flipping back and forth between the products and your contact form before I even finished reading the post- sorry! Fun game :D

I used to pay attention to the nutrition stats of foods a lot in my past but did not focus that much on sugar- only in the past couple of years have I noticed how much sugar [and caffeine] affects me…

katie September 9, 2011 at 7:45 am

Love you and CONGRATS again on the feature! How awesome!!!

I am not going to play the game, I have so much STUFF as it is and I realized this while packing, I will let someone else who is not a bar/snack/food hoarder like me, to win!

Love u! xoxo

Erin September 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

This game terrifies me!!! :)

Elyssa September 9, 2011 at 9:26 am

1. 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet= ___6_sugar cubes

2. one health valley cereal bar= _3___sugar cubes

3. one cup of cantaloupe= __3__sugar cubes

4. one whole cinnabon= __15__sugar cubes

5. one cup of cheerios= __1__sugar cubes

6. one 16 oz mocha frappuccino= __10__sugar cubes

7. one large banana= __4__sugar cubes

8. one tablespoon of ketchup= __1__sugar cubes

9. eight baby carrots= __1__sugar cubes

10. one 16 oz bottle of lemon snapple iced tea= __5__sugar cubes

Holly September 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

Very fun :)

Ashley September 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

I remember stumbling on that site awhile ago!

(I won’t post the link, though – I’m pretty sure it’s got the answers and that’s no fun.)

I was absolutely shocked to see it all quantified like that. I eat Clif Bars (though much less regularly now), and even though I knew there was sugar in them “20g” seemed like such an abstract concept. It’s harder to ignore when you think of it in terms of sugar cubes!

Bria @ West of Persia September 9, 2011 at 11:03 am

Congrats on the Fitness nod. Love it!

Ooooh fun, I’m totally down for this. Maybe all that reading of nutrition labels over the years will come in handy.

1. 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet= _4.5___sugar cubes

2. one health valley cereal bar= __3__sugar cubes

3. one cup of cantaloupe= __5__sugar cubes

4. one whole cinnabon= __10__sugar cubes

5. one cup of cheerios= __2.5__sugar cubes

6. one 16 oz mocha frappuccino= _15__sugar cubes

7. one large banana= __5__sugar cubes

8. one tablespoon of ketchup= __1__sugar cubes

9. eight baby carrots= __1__sugar cubes

10. one 16 oz bottle of lemon snapple iced tea= __10__sugar cubes

Christina September 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

My guesses were all over the place!! It really is an eye opener to not think about fat grams and calories for once and to look at the sugar. sometimes I forget about the sugar intake for some reason.

Rachel C September 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

1. 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet= 5 sugar cubes
2. one health valley cereal bar= 6 sugar cubes
3. one cup of cantaloupe= 2 sugar cubes
4. one whole cinnabon= 12 sugar cubes
5. one cup of cheerios= 2.5 sugar cubes
6. one 16 oz mocha frappuccino= 7 sugar cubes
7. one large banana= 3 sugar cubes
8. one tablespoon of ketchup= 2 sugar cubes
9. eight baby carrots= 2.5 sugar cubes
10. one 16 oz bottle of lemon snapple iced tea= 6 sugar cubes

Wee, this is a fun game Janetha! Thanks.

Haley N September 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm

This is so funny! I literally just had a test on this in my nutrition class. we talked about how much sugar is in stuff and we had to guesstimate out thoughts on some project. the class is coming in handy!

1. 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet= 7 sugar cubes

2. one health valley cereal bar= 4 sugar cubes

3. one cup of cantaloupe= 3 sugar cubes

4. one whole cinnabon= 14 sugar cubes

5. one cup of cheerios= 0 sugar cubes

6. one 16 oz mocha frappuccino= 13.5 sugar cubes

7. one large banana= 4 sugar cubes

8. one tablespoon of ketchup= 1 sugar cubes

9. eight baby carrots= 1 sugar cubes

10. one 16 oz bottle of lemon snapple iced tea= 12. 5 sugar cubes

Christin September 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Oh wow, it was really hard not to cheat and look up the answers! Hopefully i’m not totally off! :)
1. 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet= _4___sugar cubes

2. one health valley cereal bar= __3__sugar cubes

3. one cup of cantaloupe= __4.5__sugar cubes

4. one whole cinnabon= __12__sugar cubes

5. one cup of cheerios= __3__sugar cubes

6. one 16 oz mocha frappuccino= _13__sugar cubes

7. one large banana= __4.5__sugar cubes

8. one tablespoon of ketchup= __1__sugar cubes

9. eight baby carrots= __2__sugar cubes

10. one 16 oz bottle of lemon snapple iced tea= __8.5__sugar cubes

Juliette September 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

1.) 17
2.) 9
3.) 11
4.) 30
5.) 2
6.) 16
7.) 8
8.) 1
9.) 3
10.) 15

Juliette September 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Opps – Little slow over here:)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm

hopefully my answers will be so hilariously OFF, that you’ll smile and your day will get better.
PLUS, it’s Fuh fuh fuh FRIDAY!

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Oh FUN! Just submitted my answers!

Lindsay September 9, 2011 at 7:41 pm

1. 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet= _7.5___sugar cubes

2. one health valley cereal bar= _8___sugar cubes

3. one cup of cantaloupe= __1.5__sugar cubes

4. one whole cinnabon= _12.5___sugar cubes

5. one cup of cheerios= __0__sugar cubes

6. one 16 oz mocha frappuccino= ___15_sugar cubes

7. one large banana= __4.5__sugar cubes

8. one tablespoon of ketchup= __1__sugar cubes

9. eight baby carrots= ___.5_sugar cubes

10. one 16 oz bottle of lemon snapple iced tea= _14___sugar cubes

The Delicate Place September 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

oh man i’m def on the anti sugar train. i swear it’s poison but i will eat it willingly once a week ;)
1. 15 cubes
2. 7 cubes
3. 12 cubes
4. 40 cubes
5. 1 cube
6. 10 cubes
7. 8 cubes
8. 2 cubes
9. 2 cubes
10. 5 cubes

i hope i overestimated big time with this otherwise it’s scary!

Lindsay September 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Whoops! I don’t know how to read directions and posted my comment above, but then I backtracked and sent it through your contact page! I hope my entries still count! I’m a lurker, btw and have never commented, but I love your blog and ramblings! Such a fun read! :)

Emily September 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Hi there! Ha ha-I love your game!
Just wanted to say-I am with you and work to watch my added sugars but I highly recommend that you (or anyone else!) read “The Sugar Fix.” It is a really good book and goes into great detail about fructose which is what most people consider the “healthy” sugar that is found in fruits, veggies, etc. Fructose is actually more dangerous than glucose and sucrose and should be limited in our diets-that’s one of the reason some people say to not eat a lot of fruit if you are trying to lose weight. Anyway, I am totally with you and think you might enjoy this book! Take care and enjoyed today’s blog! Go Pack Go!

Tara @ Sweat like a Pig September 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

I read a book called Sweet Poison at the beginning of the year and it completely changed the way I think. It basically points out all the hidden sugars in our diet and how people are so brainwashed into thinking sugar is okay but fat is not. I’d highly recommend it! (If you’re interested, here’s the blog post I wrote about it: http://sweatlikeapig.com/2011/07/03/the-book-that-changed-my-life/)

Since I read the book I’ve completely given up sugar, except for one piece of fruit per day. Knowing the reactions it causes in the body just isn’t worth it. I’m slowly trying to convince everyone I know to give up sugar, which is proving unsuccessful for the most part, but I won’t give up!

Mara Shorr September 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Congrats on The Fit Stop shout out! I had my first interview with Fox Small Business this past week, and know how awesome it feels! http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/marketing-sales/2011/09/06/what-every-small-business-needs-to-know-about-being-sponsor/ :)

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