Sabathia, the Yankees ace, weighed in at a whopping 315 lbs last season, when he was knocking down a full box of Cap’n Crunch every day! Each box of Cap’n Crunch has 12.59 servings, each serving has 12 grams of sugar, making a box of the sugary cereal contain a total of 151 grams of sugar. Further, the nutritional info on the box lists the number of calories at 217 per double serving. Therefore, a full box of Cap’n Crunch contains 1,366 calories. Dang!
To put this into perspective, a soda (Coke, let’s say) contains 40 grams of sugar and 150 calories per 12 oz. can. More perspective: one teaspoon of sugar equals about six grams; therefore, a can of soda has about seven teaspoons of sugar (see video below**). Even more perspective: Most sugar packets found in the U.S. have approximately 4 grams of sugar, thus a can of soda contains ten packets of sugar (U.S.).
Now back to Sabathia. His one full box of Cap’n Crunch a day gave him a sugar equivalent of drinking 4 sodas, 25 teaspoons of sugar, or 38 sugar packets. Nice, CC…nice.
*A report released in 2009 by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale gave Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries the worst nutritional score of any cereal marketed to children and families. ~ from Wikipedia
How about your kids? Do they eat Cap’n Crunch? Fruit Loops? Frosted Flakes? Do they drink soda? These cereals and soft drinks have been staples in the American diet for the last fifty years, and it’s not because people aren’t consuming them. It’s not just 6’7″ professional athletes eating this junk, either. It’s little Timmy, and little Rainflower, and maybe even you.
Listen, next time you’re thinking about feeding Junior the Cap’n Crunch, why not just give him a Snickers bar? Same amount of sugar as in a two-serving bowl of the Crunch. And is it any wonder we are in the midst of an obesity (and diabetes) epidemic?