So it’s day 3, and if you’ve read any of the previous days I bet you are starting to question how much sugar you really eat in a day. And I bet many of you are thinking “I don’t eat that much sugar?” So today I thought I would take you on a little journey to show you how much sugar is hiding in your food.
To start us off how much sugar should we be eating? According to the government, added sugars or free sugars should only make up around 5% of your daily food and drink intake. Just to clarify free sugars are sugars added to foods and include all sugars (including honey and syrups) but does not include fruits.
So how much is 5% as somethig tangible I hear you say? 30g. That’s all, just 30g. Just put this in perspective a teaspoon of sugar is between 4-5g. So daily we should only be consuming 6 and 7 tea spoons of sugar (which is really bad news for anyone who enjoys 3 sugars in their tea).
Today we are going to look at some of the biggest sugar offenders (some of which may surprise you) to show how sugar is literally hidden everywhere! So let’s see if at the end you still think you don’t eat a lot of sugar?
Before we begin I would just like to state that each of the sugar content of all of these were done using the nutritional value available on ‘Tesco Grocery” and calculated on the bases that 1 teaspoon of sugar weighs around 4g. All information was accessed on the 5th of January and may have altered since then.
I’d be interested to know how you feel about some of these foods and whether any of them have shocked you? I’m sure some haven’t but I hope some have given you a bit of a shock.
If this has shocked you into wanting to lower your sugar intake, check back tomorrow for helpful hints and tips to reduce your intake.
Happy Hump Day!