Louisville WaterWorks Museum Virtual Activities - Where's The Sugar?

Louisville WaterWorks Museum Virtual Activities - Where’s the Sugar?

Welcome to our new series Louisville Water Works! Each week we will post a new video with a lesson and an at-home challenge. We will also share directions for challenges and activities that relate to each topic.

Where's The Sugar? 

As we’ve discussed, there are a lot of different ways we use water in our everyday lives. Including eating, drinking, and taking a bath just to name a few. One special way we use water is to stay healthy and hydrated. Water is found in many of the food and other drinks we consume. Some of the best sources of water come from fresh fruits and vegetables. Just because we eat and drink things that include water, that doesn’t mean they are the healthiest choice. Many of our food and beverages are filled with sugar. Sweet things taste great, but too much sugar can be a problem.

Sugar adds lots of extra calories and can lead to obesity and other serious illnesses. And when sugar gets on your teeth, it can cause decay or cavities.

So how do you find out how much sugar is in the things we eat and drink? It’s in the facts! Look at the nutrition label on a food or drink product and it will tell you how much sugar is in that container. Most labels will have a number and then the letter “g”. For example: 26g. That stands for 26 grams. A gram is a measurement. You’re probably more familiar with a teaspoon. 4 grams equals 1 teaspoon of sugar. Divide the number of grams by four, to discover how much sugar is in any food or drink.

Challenge: Calculate the Sugar We challenge you to find out how much sugar you have consumed in one day.

Materials:

-Paper

-Pencil

-Calculator

-Packaged Food and Drink

Directions:

1. Create a log of all the food you ate in one day. It may look like this:

     Breakfast: Fruit Loops………………………..9g
     Breakfast: Orange Juice……………………..22g
     Lunch: Chips……………………………………….__g
     Lunch: Peanut Butter Crackers……………__g
     Lunch: Can of Soda……………………………..__g
     Snack: Chocolate Bar…………………………..__g
     Dinner: Milk………………………………………..__g
     Dinner: Frozen Pizza……………………………__g

 

3. Take each number and put it into formula we learned above: 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon.

     Breakfast: Fruit Loops………………………..9g…………………..….9g ÷ 4 = 2.25 teaspoons
     Breakfast: Orange Juice……………………..22g…………………..22g ÷ 4 = 5.5 teaspoons
     Lunch: Chips……………………………………….__g…………………..__g ÷ 4 = ___ teaspoons
     Lunch: Peanut Butter Crackers……………__g…………………..__g ÷ 4 = ___ teaspoons
     Lunch: Can of Soda……………………………..__g…………………..__g ÷ 4 = ___ teaspoons
     Snack: Chocolate Bar…………………………..__g…………………..__g ÷ 4 = ___ teaspoons
     Dinner: Milk………………………………………..__g…………………..__g ÷ 4 = ___ teaspoons
     Dinner: Frozen Pizza……………………………__g…………………..__g ÷ 4 = ___ teaspoons

4. Calculate the total amount of teaspoons you consumed the entire day by adding all of the numbers together.

2.25 teaspoons + 5.5 teaspoons + ___ teaspoons +  ___ teaspoons + ___ teaspoons + ___ teaspoons + ___ teaspoons + ___ teaspoons  = ______ TOTAL teaspoons

Activity: Match It Match the word to its definition

Cavity

Unit of measurement on a nutrition label

Nutrition Label

Have enough water to keep our body’s cells working

Gram

Information box on all food and drinks

Teaspoon

Decaying or weakness on the outer layer of teeth

Hydrate

An ingredient found in food and drinks

Sugar

4 grams equals 1 of these

Activity: Writing Prompt

Name at least 3 items you currently eat or drink that are not healthy choices. Why are they unhealthy? What food/drinks could you choose that would not only be healthy but would also help you reach your daily water needs? What evidence supports these choices?

Share It!

Share your completed challenges and activities with us. Tag us @LouWaterTowerPark and use the hashtag #LouisvilleWaterWorks

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