Video: Sugar Shocker (Part 1)

October 29th, 2013 at 9:09 am

I have another video in store for you today! (If you missed last week’s video of 5 foods I would never eat, check it out here.)

This is the first in a series of videos I’ll be doing on sugar and how it sneaks its way into our diets, how it sabotages our health, what to use in place of it, and practical steps YOU can take to avoid it.

I don’t want to spoil the video, so I’ll stop right there and let you kick back and watch it. But I will say this: be prepared to be shocked!

Can’t see the video? Click here to watch it on YouTube.

Other Videos in This Series:

Questions, thoughts, ideas, requests? Leave a comment and let’s chat!



  1. Great video! Actually seeing the sugar helps put those numbers – which don’t seem high as just numbers – in perspective.

    Q – was the yogurt flavoured? Is that why it’s sugar content was so high? I only buy plain yogurt, and always try to keep it at 4-5g/serving, which, I think, is about a teaspoon.

    • Thanks! Yes, the yogurt was flavored and was the lowest sugar flavored kind I could find. Crazy. I would definitely recommend eating plain, like you’re doing. It has some naturally occurring sugar, but it’s not as much as the flavored variety. The low-fat or non-fat yogurts are typically higher in sugar even if they are plain, so choose full fat. It tastes better, too. :)

  2. Totally with you on the full fat. I am a firm believer that if you are going to eat things like yogurt, cheese, and milk, make it worth it! Just don’t eat a lot of it :)

    I love making fruit compotes (just boil up whatever fruit you love, and I add some arrowroot to thicken it – but no sugar!) and mixing that with plain yogurt. Then it becomes like flavoured yogurt, but much less sugar. And tastier, as the fruit is fresher.

  3. Sharing this video (and upcoming ones). Excellent. Very well done and gets to the point.

  4. Mel Batchelor said on October 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Great but very scary video!! Is that just the added sugar, not taking into account the natural sugar in the fruit, milk etc or is it the total sugar/carbs content? Thanks so much!

    • Mel: This is the total sugar. All sugar, even natural sugar, raises blood sugar, so that’s why I “grouped” it all together. I want to do another video soon on the topic of natural vs. refined sugar and why keeping them both low is so great for health. :)

  5. Jacqueline said on October 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you Hallie you ROCK!!! Will be letting my 6 year old son watch this one, I’ve been so careful as he has not had pop or junk food from the store and loves the information. Keep them coming the video’s are a fabulous idea and I look forward to seeing more.Great Job! :)

  6. Wow! Thanks for the great video. Helps me to keep heading in the right direction. Which is … make my own food!

  7. Thank you for a great presentation. I really like seeing the actual amounts…love that. It brings reality to the problem.
    Good, good job!

  8. Mel Batchelor said on October 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Hi again Hallie, thanks for your prompt reply. Another question, how can I get to see your video on the 5 foods you wouldn’t eat please? Thanks so much!

  9. Hi Hallie! I’m so glad to have found you and your amazing blog, you have a great way of getting the message across, thank you !

  10. Hallie, my doctor recommends 25-30 grams of sugar TOTAL PER DAY… I’d love to see how many grams of sugar were in the sum total of your video. Scary!

    • Sara: In the Chobani yogurt, cereal, banana chips, and smoothie, there was a total of 28 teaspoons of sugar…which works out to be 100+ grams! If your doctor recommends 25-30 grams of sugar per day, I’d be curious to know if that’s from all sources, or just from added sweeteners (sugar, honey, etc.). For example, even natural foods like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and almond butter have naturally occurring sugar…but I wouldn’t make an effort to avoid them because of that, since they are such healthy foods. If 25-30 grams of total sugar was your “limit” for the day, just 1 apple, 2 tablespoons of almond butter, and 1 cup of Brussels sprouts would almost get you there. Seems a little limiting in my opinion. I never like restricting vegetables or healthy fats! :)

      Thanks for watching!

      • Yes, believe it or not, that recommendation of 25-30 grams of sugar per day does include all sources… including fruits, veggies… everything. It’s hard, but forces you to concentrate on meats, healthy fats, & veggies.

  11. Great video, Hallie. You do such a good job and on such timely issues. Look forward to your next informative video.

  12. Great information video Hallie, it certainly puts things in perspective seeing you measuring the amounts out.

  13. Great informative video Hallie, it certainly puts things in perspective seeing you measuring the amounts out.

  14. Elizabeth said on October 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Wonderful video yet again! Love to share these with my friends and family! It’s SO nice to know that someone is on the same page as my family, and really bringing the truth to the people who just don’t get it! Thanks again!;)

  15. This is amazing info love it can’t wait to see next video. I have had gastric by pass surgery and I have to eat healthy. And stay away from sugar.

  16. I think there are 4.3 grams in a teaspoon. Your measurements on the video seem 2-4 times too much. The So yogurt blueberry has 13 grams which is around 3 teaspoons. You said there was 5. I am confused.

    • Lisa: In typical granulated sugar (the kind I was using in the video), there are about 4 grams per teaspoon. The yogurt was So Delicious Coconut Raspberry, which contains 20 grams of sugar per container. When divided by 4, that’s how you’ll reach 5 teaspoons.

  17. Hallie, excellent videos! After this series I would love to see a series on what to eat and the compare and contrast in sugarlevels from this video. I think it would be extremely helpful for your audience. Can’t wait for your next video, you do a great job.

  18. Oh my goodness!! I love the way you made it so visual on the quanity of sugar in each of the ideas. I hope in the future you will give us suggestions of foods that are healthier and that are low sugar. I can’t wait for the next video.

  19. Hallie, I am really enjoying you videos! I have a question, I enjoy labar bars but after this video I check the sugar and its a lot. Being that its all fruit and nuts does it make it OK?

    • JoHanna: Good question! It’s all natural sugar in Larabars, and it is paired with the nuts which means it will have less of an effect on blood sugar. That said, even natural sugar can really add up over time. I save Larabars for special treats, traveling, and when I’m in a pinch and need food fast! :) A good alternative is a handful of nuts mixed with 1 or 2 chopped dried figs or 1 tablespoon of raisins. You’re still getting that little bit of sweetness, but you’re in control of how much natural sugar you’re eating.

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