We recently discovered a new brand of tea that is noticeably delicious compared to the other brands. They have a sweet tea version and an unsweetened, among other flavors. For me, the sweetened is too sweet, but the unsweetened needed just a little something. So I set about finding just the right mixture, which turned out to be 1 part sweet to 3 parts unsweetened. Lots of ice!
In the process, we became curious just how much sugar was involved in all this. I already knew from some time ago that there is approximately 3 tablespoons (9 teaspoons) of sugar in a 12oz can of Coca Cola, which led me to I giving up soft drinks years ago.
The full strength version of this sweet tea has 27g of sugar in a 12oz serving. Since there are 5g of sugar in one teaspoon, that means there are just over 5 teaspoons of sugar per 12oz serving. Jeez!
That means that even with the ice reducing the serving size to about 8oz, I'm still getting about 1 teaspoon of sugar in my highly cut down sweetened/unsweetened iced tea mixture. I guess that's not so bad, right?
In further reading, the American Heart Association recommends a total maximum of 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons per day for men.
That got me thinking and looking through the cabinets at the foods we eat every day. It's amazing how much sugar we eat without even realizing it. Take a look for yourself. Read the nutrition labels on some of your foods. Remember that 5g of sugar is 1 teaspoon and you should be having no more than 6 or 9 teaspoons per day, depending on your gender.
All of a sudden, those little tidbits of sweets I like to embellish my day don't seem so much like embellishments. I'm surprised I don't weigh 400 lbs! It's certainly an eye opening explanation why I can never seem to get rid of that extra 10 or 20 lbs that seems to stick around no matter how active I stay.
I'm a terrible exerciser, and a worse dieter. But I'm thinking it's time to start paying a little more attention to what I shove into this pie hole of mine. I hope this helps someone else.