We all know that added sugar is bad for our weight loss progress and for our health in general.
Added sugars contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients.
For this reason, they are called “empty” calories.
There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals in sugar.
We also know that too much sugar can cause tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, liver and heart disease.
But do we know just how much is too much?
The recommended daily amount of sugar for men is 37.5g – 9 teaspoons, and for women is 25g – 6 teaspoons.
Here’s a wee list of a few popular drinks and foods you might find in your home and their sugar content, some of them might shock you!
Coke (330ml can) 39g – 9 Tsp of sugar
Lucozade Sport (500ml) 62g – 14.7 Tsp of sugar
Brivita Biscuits (2 biscuits) 5g – 1.2 Tsp of sugar
Special K Bar 8g – 2 Tsp of sugar
Crunchy Nut Cereal (45g) 16.5g – 4 Tsp of sugar
Activia Raspberry Yoghurt (110g pot) 13g – 3 Tsp of sugar
Kikkat Chunky (40g) 21.2g – 5 Tsp of sugar
Galaxy Chocolate Bar (47g) 25g – 6 Tsp of sugar
Ben and Jerry’s Caramel Chew Chew (100g) 25g – 6 Tsp of sugar
Dolmio Pasta Sauce (500ml Jar) 29g – 7 Tsp of sugar
Tomato Ketchup (1 tablespoon) 3.7g – 0.8 Tsp of sugar.
It’s worth taking a look at the nutrition labels on the back of food packages. There’s a lot of added sugar in foods you might not expect!