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Measuring out the sugar so that you can see it is a very good way to visualize the actual amount of sugar in a soft drink. If you want to try this at home here is what you need:
Now look at the amount of sugar that you have measured out. Can you believe it? Would you ever eat this much sugar? No, of course not. It is a ton of sugar and it would be gross to eat that much. But because you dissolve it in water and drink it, it somehow seems "OK." In reality it is not OK. This much sugar is not good for your body.
Now try this. Put one teaspoon of sugar in a glass and add 12 ounces of water. Taste it. Now try two teaspoons and taste it. Then try three, four... The question to ask yourself is, "does there really need to be 40 grams of sugar in the water for it to taste good?" You might find that you can get by with a lot less.
One last question - Take a glass and add 12 ounces of warm water to it. Now see how many teaspoons of sugar you a dissolve into the water before it simply won't take any more. How close is 40 grams to that number? Taste this sugar-saturated water. Does it taste any different to you than water with 40 grams of sugar in it?
You might want to try some other experiments. For example, if you take fruit juice and mix it half-and-half with water, how does it taste? Can you think of other things to try? Have fun performing your own science experiments! include "sci-bot.inc" ?>