Sugar, the silent struggle

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?

Chocolate bar

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

  • 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?

Soft drinks

Soft drinks often contain a high amount of sugar.

  • 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 disease and diabetes.

How much sugar is in your breakfast cereal?

*(per 100 grams)

Breakfast cereal in a bowl

Froot Loops are said to contain 105 times more sugar than Shredded Wheat.

  • 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.

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