Sugar Detectives

Sugar Detectives

Adapted from: Food Share’s Sugar Detectives
Target Age: All
Key Learning Goals: Understand amounts of sugar in various beverages
Equipment Necessary: bowl of sugar cubes, bottles, and cans of sugar-sweetened beverages such as fruit juice, pop, iced tea, energy drinks
Activity Type: Lunchtime education


Directions

  1.  Place bottles/cans in a row on a table so all students can see. Ask students if they think any of the drinks displayed have added sugar.
  2. Show students the bowl of sugar cubes and explain you will use the sugar cubes to show how much sugar is in each drink.
  3. Ask one volunteer at a time to come up and place what they believe is the correct number of sugar cubes in front of each bottle/can
  4. Once a few volunteers have made their guesses show all students the correct amount of sugar in each drink using the sugar cubes.
  5. Ex: Arizona Lemon Iced Tea, 680mL=17 sugar cubes
    Coke, 355mL=10 sugar cubes
    Vitamin Water, 591mL= 8 sugar cubes
    Monster Energy, 480mL= 12.5 sugar cubes
  6. Reveal the actual amount of sugar in each drink. How did they compare? Discuss why they may have been way off in their estimates. What was it about that drink that made them high in sugar (e.g. added sugar/glucose/fructose/syrup added, serving sizes).
  7.  Is there another popular drink that would have no sugar cubes?
    Water
  8.  How can we make water taste good without adding sugar?
    Add fruit (berries, lemon, apple, orange), herbs (mint)
  9. Why might we want to have less sugar?
    Having too much sugar could give us cavities, sugary drinks/food can replace healthy nutrients that we really need