Read the label, avoid drinking too much sugar

To the Editor:

I don’t think a lot of people actually pay attention to the helpful little bit of information on the back of bottles and cans.  The next time you drink a can of soda, or another type of sugary drink, read the nutritional information on the label, because there is too much sugar in drinks. 

Did you know an average 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola has 65 grams of sugar? That’s about 2¼ ounces, which is a little more than 10 percent of the amount of soda.  Drink 10 of those (not that you should, obviously), and you would be drinking more than a cup of sugar.  Drinking a lot of soda like that can also lead to obesity and diabetes. 

The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, tried to pass a law saying that you cannot buy a sugary drink over 16 ounces.  His law was shot down because the judge found too many loopholes, such as: People can still buy two separate 16-ounce sodas to add up to 32 ounces.

I understand having less sugar might decrease the taste, but would you rather taste less sugar, or be overweight?  You choose. 

And, did you know that a Gatorade has 34 grams of sugar?  Even though it’s giving you energy, it’s also fattening.

You can read the facts and decide for yourself, but, in my opinion, drinks have too much sugar!

Hunter Nauman

Guilderland

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