In my post about sports drinks I said be sure to read the labels! But is reading product labels an easy task to do? I can tell you this, it is if you know what you are looking for, and tricky if you don’t. So what I would like to do today is clear up a few things.

On a label for Sobe® Cranberry Grapefruit flavored beverage, it says it has 26g of sugar. However, if you look at the serving size at the top it says per 8 oz. and it also says this is product has 2.5 servings per bottle. Most people just see the 26 grams and chug the bottle down. This means that the whole 20 oz bottle has 65g of sugar in this product.  Let me put this into perspective 4g of sugar equals one teaspoon. Would you dump 16 teaspoons of sugar into a glass of water and drink it? Probably not, but that is what many people are doing with out realizing it.

With this in mind we cannot just assume that all Sobe products are laden with high amounts of sugar. Sobe® lifewater®, contains zero calories and zero sugars. It is sweetened with a natural sweetener called erythritol which does not appear to have any of the harmful effects that artificial sweeteners have… We will discuss those in future episodes.

But also We have to be careful even with products that are natural and healthy such as Welch’s® 100% Grape Juice. The label says “no added sugar”, but when you look on the label—just 8 oz., which is about half of what somebody will typically drink in a glass of juice—has a whopping 39g of sugar. What is even worse, it is fructose, which is a kind of sugar that is easily converted to belly fat when consumed in high amounts.

If you have children teach them to read labels and make healthy choices because their future depends on it. I have trained my 8 year old to read labels because one day after football practice I got him a treat. He choose Vitaminwater® because it seemed to be a little healthier than the other products available. Vitaminwater® says it only has 13 grams (g) of sugar.  However, there are 2.5 servings per container.  So there are 32g of sugar in one 20 oz. bottle of Vitaminwater®. 

Looks can be deceiving.

Pam non-stick cooking spray® says it contains zero grams of fat! Really how can it have zero grams of fat when it is all oil? Look at the serving size per spray, it says 1/3 of a second. You and I both know it takes a lot longer than 1/3 of a second to cover the bottom of the pan. This is equivalent to saying that you did not consume any fat because you did not use any of it. Due to loopholes in the FDA, product labels are allowed to do this kind of nonsense with regards to serving sizes and marketers capitalize on it.

So be careful and read your labels.

Until next time take care and God Bless.

Dr. Ryan Bentley