April 2018: Count your cubes challenge!

Did you know that a fruit smoothie contains the equivalent of about 17 cubes of sugar? And a medium flavoured latte can have about 11 cubes of sugar?

Sugar sweetened beverages are the single largest contributor of sugar in the diet. Heart & Stroke recommends that an individual’s total intake of added sugar is no more than 10% of total daily calories. For an average adult, that is equal to no more than 12 teaspoons or 48 grams of sugar per day.

April is here and for the month of April we are doing the count the cubes challenge! The Alberta Dental Association has teamed up with the Heart and Stroke foundation to help Albertans reduce their sugar intake from drinks. 

How does it work?
Sign up on their website at www.countyourcubes.ca either on your own or join our team. Log your drinks every day. The first week is used just to find out how much sugar you are consuming in your normal drinking habits. Weeks 2-4 are then used to try to reduce the number of cubes!

What do I get out of it?
By participating in the challenge and reducing the number of sugar cubes you consume through beverages every week you will decrease your risk for dental cavities and improve your heart health!

Lauren Vredenburg