Health News – Sugar content in some Foods may Result in Obesity

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The American Heart Association (AHA) have said that added sugars “contribute zero nutrients” and are just empty calories “that can lead to extra pounds, or even obesity, thereby reducing heart health.”Being aware of the existing and added sugar contents of the foods and drinks we consume is vital for our health – even more so today because so many products have sugar added to them.

The AHA currently recommend that men consume no more than 150 calories from added sugar per day, and women 100 calories.In early 2014, however, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for a reduction of daily sugar intake to 5% of total daily calories in order to tackle public health problems, such as obesity and tooth decay.Nutritionists strongly recommend against consuming more than 13 teaspoons a day.

Some common everyday foods and drinks, together with their sugar content. Some of these may surprise you:

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With high sugar content, chocolate should always be viewed as an occasional treat.

  • Marshmallows (100g) – 14.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Milky Way bar (58g) – 8.5 teaspoons of sugar

  • Snickers bar (57g) – 7 teaspoons of sugar

  • Milk chocolate bar (44g) – 5.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Caramel piece (10g) – 1.7 teaspoons of sugar

  • Butterfinger bar (60g) – 6.9 teaspoons of sugar

  • Dove chocolate bar (37g) – 5 teaspoons of sugar

  • Starburst packet (45 grams) – 5.5 teaspoons of sugar

  • Twix bar – 2.75 teaspoons of sugar

  • M&Ms packet (45 grams) – 5.75 teaspoons of sugar

  • Boiled sweets bag (100 grams) – 11.5 teaspoons of sugar

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  • Soft drinks often contain a high amount of sugar
  • Coca cola (one can) – 7 teaspoons of sugar
  • Red Bull (one can) – 7.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Lemonade (one glass) – 5.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Orange squash (one glass) – 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Hot chocolate (one mug) – 4.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Fruit smoothie (one glass) – 3.5 teaspoons of sugar

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Fruit Loops are said to contain 106 times more sugar than Shredded Wheat.

  • Alpen – 5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cheerios – 1.1 teaspoons of sugar
  • Corn Flakes – 2.4 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cocoa Krispies – 9.6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Froot Loops – 10.6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Raisin Bran – 7.8 teaspoons of sugar
  • Frosted Flakes – 8.9 teaspoons of sugar
  • Honey Smacks – 14 teaspoons of sugar
  • Rice Krispies – 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Special K – 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Wheaties – 3.8 teaspoons of sugar
  • Trix – 8 teaspoons of sugar
  • Lucky Charms – 9 teaspoons of sugar
  • Rice Chex – 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Wheat Chex – 2.6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Corn Chex – 2.8 teaspoons of sugar
  • Honey Nut Cheerios – 8.25 teaspoons of sugar
  • Reese’s Puffs – 8.9 teaspoons of sugar
  • Golden Grahams – 8.8 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cocoa Puffs – 9.3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cookie Crisp – 8.7 teaspoons of sugar
  • Shredded Wheat – 0.1 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cocoa Pebbles – 8.6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Banana Nut Crunch – 4.7 teaspoons

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Fresh Fruits have no “added sugar”, but as you can see below, their levels of sugar range from 1 teaspoon per 100 grams in cranberries to 4 teaspoons in grapes.*per 100 grams

  • Bananas contain approximately 3 teaspoons of sugar (fructose).
  • Mangos – 3.2 teaspoons of sugarBananas – 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Apples – 2.6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Pineapples – 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Grapes – 4 teaspoons of sugar
  • Lemons – 0.6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Kiwi fruit – 2.3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Apricots – 2.3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Strawberries – 1.3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Raspberries – 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Blueberries – 1.7 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cranberries – 1 teaspoons of sugar
  • Tomatoes – 0.7 teaspoons of sugar

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A medium slice of carrot cake contains approximately 3 teaspoons of sugar.

  • Banoffee pie (1 medium portion) – 4.25 teaspoons of sugar
  • Carrot cake (1 medium slice) – 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Custard (1 medium portion) – 3.25 teaspoons of sugar
  • Chocolate mousse (1 medium portion) – 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cornetto (1 cone) – 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Donut (1 jam doughnut) – 3.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Fruit pie (1 medium portion) – 3.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Fruit cake (1 medium slice) – 5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Muffin (one chocolate chip muffin) – 4.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Ice cream (1 scoop) – 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Rice pudding (1 portion) – 3.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Sponge cake (1 medium slice) – 5.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Swiss roll (1 roll) – 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
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