Consuming your weight in sugar

Get this! The December issue of Medical Times Middle East reported that the recent FDI Annual World Dental Congress, held in Dubai revealed statistics comparing sugar consumption patterns worldwide. At 50kg per person per year, the UAE consumes more than double the average of developed countries. In developing nations, individuals consume less than 5kg of sugar a year.

50kg!!!! That’s 50 bags of sugar a year. No wonder there is such a problem with type 2 diabetes in the UAE. Made me think about how much sugar is in the things we eat….

These numbers are alarming!

12 oz. Juice Grams of Sugar
Apple 41
Grape 54
Grapefruit 27
Orange 38
Tomato 8
Source: esha Food Processor
Food Serving Size Grams of Sugars
Apple (with peel) 1, large 25.44
apple bran muffin (McDonald’s) 1 21
Applesauce, sweetened 1 cup 47.66
Apricots 1 3.05
Banana 1, medium 21.30
Blueberries 1/2 cup 8.27
Butterfinger candy 2.16 oz. 30
chocolate cake with icing 1 piece 31
chocolate chips 12 cup 43
Chocolate drink (Ensure) 8 oz. 22
chocolate milk 8 oz. 20
Coca-Cola 12 oz. can 39
diet drink (Ultra Slim-Fast) 12 oz. 36
Dried apricots 1/2 cup 33.44
frozen yogurt, soft serve 1 cup 32
fruit leather 1 roll 9
Grapes 1 cup 27.52
gum 1 stick 2
Ice cream 8 oz. (1/2 pint) 45
Ice cream Blizzard 1 88
Instant Breakfast 1 package 28
Jell-O pudding snack 1 23
Jell-O snack 1 18
Kool-Aid 12 oz. 38
M&M’s 15 oz. package 82
maple syrup 3 oz. 30
McD’s chocolate shake 16 oz. 58
Pear 1, medium 17.50
Raisins 1 box (1.5 oz.) 32.29
Raspberries 1/2 cup 5.84
Strawberries 1/2 cup 4.06
white sugar 2 packets 16
Source: esha Food Processor. Impact score by DesMaisons
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