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How much sugar is in your foods and drinks?


Written by Dental Helpline
Friday, 28 Aug 2015 12:12

Sugar cubesHave you ever wondered how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we consume? Not many of us will take too much notice about the amount of sugars in our favourite snacks and teatime treats but maybe we should.

The effects which added sugars are having on both our general and dental health can be highly damaging, especially when consumed frequently.

When sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque, the acids which are formed attack the teeth and destroy the enamel. If this occurs often, the tooth enamel may break down, forming a hole or 'cavity' and causing tooth decay. This almost always leads to fillings and could even result in teeth having to be extracted.

To uncover some of the sugary secrets in our top snacks and drinks, we at Dental Helpline have to put together a few short tables revealing exactly how much sugar you will find in them.

Biscuit

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
Chocolate Digestive
29.2g
1.2 tsp (5.1g per biscuit)
Chocolate Wafer-Fully coated34.7g
2.62 tsp (10.49g per biscuit)
Custard Cread Biscuits29.8g
0.87 tsp (3.5g per biscuit)
Digestive Biscuits
16.6g
0.63 tsp (2.5g per biscuit)
Gingernuts
31g0.77 tsp (3.1g per biscuit)
Jaffa Cakes
52g
3.25 tsp (13g per two buiscuits)
Rich Tea Biscuits
20.1g0.42 tsp (1.7g per biscuit)
Savoury
5.3g0.05 tsp (0.2g per biscuit)
Shortcake
16g0.53 tsp (2.1g per biscuit)

Confectionary

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
Bounty 2 Bar Pack
57.8g
8.23 tsp (32.9g)
Chrunchie61.7g6.18 tsp (24.7g)
Kit Kat
47.8g
0.75 tsp (3g per two finger)
Liquorice Allsorts
61.9g
0.93 tsp (3.7g per sweep)
Mars Bar
68.1g
10.7 tsp (42.6g per bar)
Milk Chocolate
52.8g2.2 tsp (8.8g per three squares)
Milky Way 2 Bar Pack
72.4g
7.93 tsp (31.7g)
Pepper Mints
56.8g1.2 tsp (4.8g per sweet)
Plain Chocolate
46.8g1.95 tsp (7.8g per three squares)
Snickers Bar
54.5g7.9 tsp (31.6g)
Toffees37.4g0.78 tsp (3.1g per sweet)
Twix 2 Bar Pack64.5g9.5 tsp (38g)

Tinned Vegetables

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
Baked Beans
5g
2.58 tsp (10.3g per half a tin)
Peas1.7g
0.33 tsp (1.3g per 80g serving)
Sweetcorn-Kernels3.9g
0.63 tsp (2.5g 1/4 can)

Soft Drinks

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
Blackcurrant
9.7g in concentrate
1.23 tsp (4.9g per 250ml serving)
Cranberry Juice
11.6g
7.25 tsp (29g per 250ml serving)
Coca Cola
10.6g
6.63 tsp (26.5g per 250ml serving)
Ginger Ale
9.1g
5.63 tsp (22.5g pet 250ml serving)
Lemonade3.5g2.2 tsp (8.89g in 250ml serving)
Lucozade Sport3.5g4.38 tsp (17.5g per 500ml bottle)
Milkshake Powder91.1g6.95 tsp (27.8g 25g in 200ml S/S milk)
Orange Squash13g in concentrate
1.63 tsp (6.5 in 250ml serving)
Tonic Water5.1g3.2 tsp (12.8g per 250 ml serving)

Soups

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
Tin Tomato Soup
4.9g
2.45 tsp (9.8g in half a tin)
Packet Minestrone
2g
1.25 tsp (5g as prepared)

Spreads

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in 15g serving
Chocolate Spread
50g
1.88 tsp (7.5g)
Honey
84.7g
3.18 tsp (12.7g)
Jam52.3g1.95 tsp (7.8g)
Lemon Curd53.7g2.03 tsp (8.1g)
Marmalade66g2.48 tsp (9.9g)
Syrup80.5g3.1 tsp (12.4g)
Treacle64g2.4 tsp (9.6g)
Peanut Butter-smooth6g0.23 tsp (0.9g)

Cereals

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
All Bran
22g
1.75 tsp (7g per 30g serving)
Branflakes22g
1.75 tsp (7g per 30g serving)
Cornflakes8g0.63 tsp (2.5g per 30g serving)
Muesli-swiss style23.1g2.6 tsp (10.4g per 45g serving)
Rice Crispies10g0.75 tsp (3g per 30g serving)
Shreddies14.9g1.5 tsp (6g per 40g serving)
Shredded Wheat0.9g0.01 tsp (0.4g per 45g serving)
Special K17g1.25 tsp (5g per 30g serving)
Sugar Puffs36.3g2.65 tsp (10.6g per 30g serving)

Cakes

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
Chocolate Fudge Cake
30.2g
6.6 tsp (26.4g per 1/8 cake)
Country Slice
41.6g
3.18 tsp (12.7g per slice)
Madeira Cake30.8g6.7 tsp (26.5g per slice)
Scones - Fruit22.4g2.3 tsp (9.2g per scone)
Sponge Cake with Jam36g3.7 tsp (14.8g per 1/6 cake)

Desserts

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
Creamed Rice Pudding
9g
3.05 tsp (12.2g per pot)
Fruit Cocktail in Juice
13g
4.35 tsp (17.39g 1/3 can)
Fruit Yoghurt8.6g2.7 tsp (10.8g per pot)
Jelly15g5.05 tsp (20.2g 135g pot)
Ice Cream Sauce66.8g2.5 tsp (10.3g per 15g serving)
Ice Cream - vanilla21g2.5 tsp (10g 2 scoops)
Instant Custard6.9g3.05 tsp (12.2 1/4 pint)
Instant Dessert Powder53.9g2.9 tsp (11.6g per 92g serving)

Beverages

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
Drinking Chocolate
58.1g
4.08 tsp (16.3g) in water
Horlicks
37.7g
4.78 tsp (19.1g) in S/S milk
Ovaltine37.2g2.33 tsp (9.3g) in water

Sauces & Pickles

ProductAmount per 100gSugar Content in Teaspoons
Brown Sauce
19g
0.5 tsp (2.0g)
Salad Cream
17.5g
0.65 tsp (2.6g)
Sweet Pickle23.9g1 tsp (4g)
Tomato Ketchup23.7g1 tsp (4g)

All amounts are shown in both natural and added sugars combined.

All amounts are approximate.

All amounts are correct at the time of going on the web page and are taken from manufacturers labels. Other manufacturers products may vary.


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