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  2. Bob Niland
    Can we get some text on what that picture purports to show?

    I can accept that it shows relative levels of sugar by product, but the absolute amounts look to be way too high. That coke bag is nearly as large as the can.

    Sugar, of course, is not the only problem with packaged beverages. Here are some remarks I made on Coke Life, which tries to position itself as a stevia-based product (it's not):
    http://www.fathead-movie.com/index.php/2015/08/13/big-soda-fights-bac...

  3. Tor H
    Isn't there 40 grams of sugar in a can? If so that's 20 sugar cubes if one sugarcube weitghts 2 grams.
    The bag doesn't look too big to me.
  4. Apicius
    I love it! Yes, this should be on display at every school.
  5. Valerie
    I'm with Bob Niland above. The Coca-Cola seems especially implausible. Did anyone do some fact checking here?
    Reply: #7
  6. Tor H
    39 grams of sugar in one can, my bad :)
    http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm
  7. Tor H

    I'm with Bob Niland above. The Coca-Cola seems especially implausible. Did anyone do some fact checking here?

    My guess is that the bag is flat so it just looks to be fuller than it really is compared to a round can.
    Measure up 40 grams of sugar and put it in a bag and do your own fact checking :)

    Replies: #9, #11
  8. bill
    My contention is there should also
    be a board with a potato, a couple
    slices of bread, a bowl of rice or
    pasta and show the equivalent
    amount of glucose those turn into
    in the blood.

    At this point the sugared drinks are
    somewhat self-evident, whereas
    people have less understanding of
    the effect of carbs (not just "refined
    carbs") on the body.

    Reply: #15
  9. Bob Niland
    re: Measure up 40 grams of sugar and put it in a bag and do your own fact checking

    That wasn't me asking for fact checking, just context - the legends in that image are largely illegible and not in a language I read. We also don't know which Coca Cola product that is, can capacity, where bottled, and ingredients vary considerably by region.

    In the US, standard Coca Cola in a 12 fl. oz. can has 39 grams of sugar, as high fructose corn syrup (for which equivalent volume in granulated form is not trivial to find). The bags may very well be accurate.

    I further agree with Bill, that if anyone wants to make a useful point on diet, by all means include glucose bag-equivalents for the grain-based products that form the core of most official dietary advice. Expect the school to be raided by the National Nutrition Nannies, who will not be amused. The ghost of Henrik Ibsen will tag along behind to explain just how unwelcome truths of that sort are.

  10. Karen
    It does look like a lot of sugar in the Coke can and makes you wonder how that much sugar can even fit into the can, but don't forget that when the sugar is melted down into liquid form it then becomes believable that that much sugar can fit into the can. This experiment is definately an eye opener and makes me want to reach all the more for water! Unbelievable what manufacturers are putting into products. I also agree that the same study should be done on glucose bag equivalents on potatoes,rice, bread ect...
  11. Valerie
    Looking at your sugarstacks link, it only seems all the more that the bag of sugar for Coca-Cola is definitely wrong.
  12. Apicius
    If the amount of sugar in the bags have been calculated on an equal volume of drink, such as one litre, then perhaps the amounts in the bags are valid. The size of the drinks are different, so it becomes plausible that the amount of sugar is calculated on a standardized volume of fluid. I can't see what the labels say at the bottom if the containers, which may describe a standardized volume. Nonetheless, I still think the this visual aid is quite powerful and useful.
    Reply: #13
  13. Valerie
    Nah, that does not work either. Fuit juices, RedBull and Coca-Cola all contain roughly the same amount of sugar on a per litre basis.
  14. Carl
    I have the same issue with this photo. I don't believe that the sugar in the bags is correct for the products shown.
    Reply: #17
  15. chris c
    Agree with Bill, if the attack on sugar results in it being replaced with other carbs it isn't going to help much.
  16. Lisa
    I was a full fledged sugar addict at 10 years old. Showing me my "options" based on all those pretty white bags of sugar would not have deterred me from choosing Cola one bit. Especially if the drinks were offered in school free from my parents...Maybe if school officials and parents were shown these graphics...
  17. Bjarte Bakke Team Diet Doctor
    Carl, you guys may be right. It does look too big.

    Bjarte - Team Diet Doctor.

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