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Sugar, The Diabetic's Enemy

Updated on April 18, 2012
1 sugar cube equals 1 teaspoon and that equals 4.2 grams of carbohydrates
1 sugar cube equals 1 teaspoon and that equals 4.2 grams of carbohydrates | Source

When it was discovered I was a diabetic I saw a nutritionist who taught me what a correct portion size was, how to read food labels, what foods were healthier and those I should avoid. I learned that 1 teaspoons of sugar equals 1 sugar cube and they equal 4.2 grams of sugar.

Before the end of this you will be floored by the amount of sugar you intake. Most nutritionists suggest you intake 45 to 65 carbohydrates per meal and no more than 30 carbohydrates per snack. You should limit yourself to two snacks per day.

We're always told to have fruit and vegetables because they are healthy yet, is it really. Eating approximately 24 grapes you intake 5 teaspoons of sugar that equals 21 carbohydrates. 1 apple or 1 orange contains 6 teaspoons of sugar, that relates to 25 carbohydrates. A quarter slice of cantaloupe has 3 teaspoons, 12.6 carbohydrates. A banana or peach is 4.5 teaspoons, totaling 18.9 carbohydrates. 8 strawberries relates to 1.5 teaspoons, 6.3 carbohydrates. In regards to fresh vegetables, carrots seems to be the healthiest in relations to the carb count, 12 baby carrots is 1 teaspoons, 4.2 grams per serving. Either a small corn on the cob or 1/2 of a big ear is only 1.5 teaspoons, 6.3 carbohydrates. That is the same as 8 strawberries. A teaspoon of ketchup is 1 cube, 4.2 carbs.

What about your fluid intake each day. 1 bottle of Snapple Ice Tea contains 14.5 teaspoons of sugar, this equals 60.9 carbohydrates. That is a little more than the recommended daily amount per meal, never mind for a bottle of ice tea. Orange Juice should be considered a healthy drink yet 8 ounces has 6 teaspoons and that means a 16 ounce bottle has 16 teaspoons. Most moms give their children Capri Sun juice container and those have 4.5 teaspoons adding up to 18.9 carbohydrates. That's a lot of sugar for the little ones. 16 to 20 oz. of Minute Maid Lemonade is 16.5 teaspoons of sugar, wow 69.3 carbs per bottle. A 20 oz bottle of Mountain Dew has 19.5 teaspoons, 81.9 carbohydrates. This is both shocking and amazing.

When I began to this research I checked out a few of my favorite snacks and let's just say my once in a while treats will be missed. 4 Oreos' are 3.5 teaspoons, 14.7 carbs, a Snicker's is 7.5 teaspoons, 31.5 carbs and a pint of Haagen Dazs is a whopping 21 teaspoons, 88.2 carbs.

Needless to say quite a few of these have been removed from my diet and my research will continue as I determine what foods are the healthiest. I did learn that 15 grams of carbohydrates is considered 1 serving. When shopping I am now reading all the labels on any prepackaged foods and make my selections carefully.


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      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      You're welcome. I'm glad I was able to help you out.

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      Jen 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this! I have been looking for a chart of food to teaspoons for some classes as a visual. This is great! Thanks!