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Sugar Sleuths

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In this lesson, students learn that sugar is a complex, energy-giving carbohydrate that can be delicious to eat in moderation but harmful to the body in excess. They identify some of the chronic diseases related to the overconsumption of refined sugars and learn the health benefits of minimizing the sugar in their diet. Students see that sugar has many names, and they learn how to identify those names in the ingredients list on nutrition labels. They become sugar sleuths as they learn how to find the true sugar content of processed foods and to differentiate healthy food choices from unhealthy ones. Students consolidate what they’ve learned by identifying the amount of refined sugar in a number of food items they bring to class and visually representing that amount with stacks of sugar cubes.

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