November 9, 2017

Table Sixty Fall Food Festival at Kaley Square

Author: Erika Spence

On Saturday, November 4th, Second Harvest Food Bank participated in a Fall Food Festival at Kaley Square in Orlando. It was the third food distribution event through Table Sixty, a collaborative effort created to make sure that seniors in Orange County don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

Thousands of pounds of beautiful, fresh produce, bakery items and non-perishables were distributed to more than 120 households. In addition to the food distribution, blood pressure screenings, community resources, healthy recipes and nutrition information were also provided at the adjoining resource fair.

Second Harvest Food Bank’s own Chef Terah served a delicious nutrient-packed fruit salad highlighting the seasonal fruit available that day. Several attendees took advantage of Terah’s expertise to talk in detail about their health conditions and how adjusting their diets could help with conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. Read More …

March 25, 2016

Savor the Flavor of Your Beverage Without Added Sugar

Author: Guest Blogger

Healthy beveragesThe beverages you choose play a bigger impact on your health than you may think. Consuming large amounts of sugary beverages may increase your chances of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Sugary beverages contain added sugar. Added sugars are considered “empty calories” because they have no nutritional value, yet they provide calories.

The American Heart Association recommends women limit their consumption of added sugars to less than 6 teaspoons a day. For men, they recommend limiting consumption of added sugar to less than 9 teaspoons a day. Added sugar consumption for children should be limited to no more than 4 teaspoons a day. Keep in mind that one teaspoon of granulated sugar equals 4 grams of sugar.

To put things in perspective, let’s take a look at how much sugar is in popular beverages.

  • Soda (20 fl.oz.) – 65 grams of sugar or 16 teaspoons of sugar
  • Sports Drink(24 fl.oz.) – 42 grams of sugar or 11 teaspoons of sugar
  • 100% Orange Juice (15 fl.oz.) – 45 grams of sugar or 11 teaspoons of sugar
  • 100% Apple Juice (15 fl.oz.) – 49 grams of sugar or 12 teaspoons of sugar

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