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CLASS 5S, HUTCHINSON SCHOOL– Do you like Kit Kats? What about Starburst? What if I told you that both of these snacks are PACKED with sugar?

5S watches a daily school news channel called Channel One News, where they bring up daily news topics to discuss. Today, a teacher in Ohio influenced her kids to take a sugar-free diet for 21 days (3 weeks). Right now, it’s pretty obvious to know what 5S is doing. That’s right…a sugar-free diet.

Ms. Soccodato let us do our research about unhealthy foods and drinks, and how many grams of sugar the snack has. Mountain Dew has 77 grams of sugar!

LO states, “I think that it will be hard because it’s hard to give up sugar for a long period of time.”

I did research and apparently sugar causes lung cancer, heart cancer, addiction, type 1 and 2 diabetes, and more. Some companies even put sugar in tobacco to make it even more addictive.

SL comments, “I am very excited to start this challenge, but I also think it will be very hard.”

The average amount of sugar intake for 11+ year olds is 30 grams of sugar. For this “diet”, we are cutting that amount in half. Next week, for two weeks, we will try to consume only 15 grams of sugar, or even better, less than 15. Hopefully you are inspired to try this challenge.

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