We have been getting DEEEEEEP into food chemistry with our study of sugar.
Sugar is known to be associated with a heap of health problems and this activity of measuring the amount of sugar in products has been both eye opening and very disturbing.
We used our increasing food label reading skills to ascertain the amount of sugar in a serving and sometimes in a whole box/container. We then measured it with teaspoons.
When we get a visual for the amount of sugar in a product, it is a great reminder of the actual amount we eat (and many would say- overeat).
Check out this graphic and get a understanding of American consumption.
Soon we will be measuring salt & sodium in common products and doing these same measurements. Hopefully these activities can help us become educated consumers and conscious eaters- an ever increasing necessity in this world of corporate food culture that hopes we never educate ourselves about what we eat. Viva la Orca!