Today we had a visit from Sian. She told us all about how much sugar we should have in a day. (6 teaspoons daily). This really isn't a lot. At the start Sian gave us a booklet to complete called Rethink your drink!. I thought that what I had to drink every day was healthy, but then I wasn't prepared for the hidden sugars or just how much sugar there was in a drink. Did you know that Oasis citrus drink for every 500ml has 5 teaspoons of sugar, which means that is almost my daily allowance in one drink. My friends and I drink water at school and at home we have Volvic with a touch of fruit for flavour, however today we learned that every 400ml of water contains 5 teaspoons of sugar.
Our class were even more surprised to learn that fresh orange juice contains over 6 teaspoons of sugar for a small glass. We were amazed because we thought that oranges made into juice would be healthy. (By RW)
Sian continued to explain about sugar and how it can cause you to be obese. She asked who drank energy drinks and lots of the class put their hands up. Sian asked when and why we drank these drinks? most of my friends just had them because they were nice, but then we learnt that we should only drink these prior to exercising because you will burn off the sugar.
FACTS THAT WE DID NOT KNOW
1. BREAD HAS ONE CUBE OF SUGAR IN EACH SLICE.
2. YOUR SMALL INTESTINES ARE AS LONG AS A DOUBLE DECKER BUS IF THEY ARE STRUNG TOGETHER.
3.A TEASPOON HOLDS 4GRAMS.
4. IT IS ALRIGHT TO DRINK AN ENERGY DRINK IF YOU BURN OFF THE FAT STRAIGHT AFTER.
5.IT IS NOT ALRIGHT TO DRINK ENERGY DRINK IF YOU DO NOT BURN OF THE FAT STRAIGHT AFTER, BECAUSE YOU RISK BECOMING OBESE!!!
6.THE LIVER IS USED TO CLEAN YOUR BLOOD.
7.YOU HAVE TWO KIDNEYS.
8. IF YOU ARE AGED 7-10 YEARS OLD, YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED 6 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR.
9. THE SUGAR YOU EAT AND DRINK TURNS INTO FAT. (BY OK)
Sian, brought lots of resources with her and showed the class what fat looked liked under our skin. (it was yellow and sticky and it sticks in your arteries, which is dangerous and as you get older could cause you not only to be obese, but have decaying teeth and other serious health issues, such as heart problems! ). I have learnt that caffeine is bad for young people that are around my age. I was amazed that
in one serving of tomato ketchup there was 35% sugar!! Even more surprising to me was that for every slice of bread there is 1% sugar. Something for everyone to think about. (FL)
As a class we have decided to think carefully about what we are drinking and have taken our booklets home to share with our family. I am drinking lots more water and this is good, because it doesn't have sugar and helps my kidneys.
There are lots of photographs of Sian's visit we hope your enjoy and learn something because we did.
By Year Five