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Sugar content in common foods and drinks

Sugar content in common foods and drinks

Below we have listed some common everyday foods and drinks, together with their sugar content. This is designed to give a little guidance when making dietary choices. Some of the following items’ sugar content may come as a surprise:

How much sugar is in a chocolate bar?

  • Snickers bar (52.7 grams) – 6.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Milk chocolate bar (44 grams) – 5.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Milky Way bar (58 grams) – 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • 3 Musketeers bar (60 grams) – 10 teaspoons of sugar
  • Butterfinger bar (60 grams) – 7 teaspoons of sugar
  • Dove chocolate bar (40.8 grams) – 5.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar (43 grams) – 6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Twix bar (50.7 grams) – 6 teaspoons of sugar
  • Milk chocolate M&M’s packet (47.9 grams) – 7.5 teaspoons of sugar

How much sugar do soft drinks contain?

  • Coca-Cola (one can) – 8.25 teaspoons of sugar
  • Pepsi cola (one can) – 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Red Bull (one can) – 6.9 teaspoons of sugar
  • Sprite (one can) – 8.25 teaspoons of sugar
  • Mountain Dew (one can) – 11.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Old Jamaica Ginger Beer (one can) – 13 teaspoons of sugar

A study published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, identified a link between drinking more than one soft drink a day and increased risk of developing heart diseaseand diabetes.

How much sugar is in your breakfast cereal?

  • Alpen – 5.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cheerios – 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Corn Flakes – 2.4 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cocoa Krispies – 9.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Froot Loops – 10.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Raisin Bran – 7.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Frosted Flakes – 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Honey Smacks – 14 teaspoons of sugar
  • Rice Krispies – 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Special K – 3 teaspoons of sugar
  • Wheaties – 3.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Trix – 8 teaspoons of sugar
  • Lucky Charms – 9 teaspoons of sugar
  • Rice Chex – 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • Wheat Chex – 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
  • Corn Chex – 2.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Honey Nut Cheerios – 8.25 teaspoons of sugar
  • Reese’s Puffs – 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Golden Grahams – 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cocoa Puffs – 9.25 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cookie Crisp – 8.75 teaspoons of sugar
  • Shredded Wheat – 0.1 teaspoons of sugar
  • Cocoa Pebbles – 9 teaspoons of sugar
  • Banana Nut Crunch – 4.5 teaspoons of sugar.

In June 2012, researchers from Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity revealed that even though cereals aimed at kids had become more nutritious, cereal companies (such as Kellogg, General Mills, and Post) had increased their advertising spending considerably. Cereal advertising aimed at children increased by 34 percent between 2008 and 2011.

Marlene Schwartz, deputy director of the Rudd Center, said:

While cereal companies have made small improvements to the nutrition of their child-targeted cereals, these cereals are still far worse than the products they market to adults. They have 56 percent more sugar, half as much fiber, and 50 percent more sodium.

The companies know how to make a range of good-tasting cereals that aren’t loaded with sugar and salt. Why can’t they help parents out and market these directly to children instead?”

Courtesy: MedicalNewsToday
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