How much sugar is in your Easter egg?

Survey reveals 73 teaspoons in one product
  • Deborah Condon

With Easter fast approaching, Safefood has carried out a survey of Easter eggs currently available in Ireland to see how much sugar each one contains.

The survey found that one product was found to contain 73 teaspoons of sugar.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), adult men are recommended to eat no more than 14 teaspoons of sugar per day, while adult women should not exceed 10 teaspoons.

The maximum amount of sugar recommened every day for children aged four to six years is five teaspoons.

A teaspoon is about 4g or one sugar cube.

Safefood looked at four different categories - small eggs or treats (under 100g), medium eggs (100-199g), large eggs (200-299g) and extra large eggs (over 300g).

In the small eggs/treats category, it found that a Cadbury Crème Egg contains seven teaspoons of sugar, while a Malteaster Mini Bunny Egg, which is one small egg and one Malteaser bunny, contains 12 teaspoons.

In the medium egg category, the number of teaspoons ranged from 14 in a Lindt Gold Bunny to 27 in a Kit Kat Chunky Egg and Mug, which consisted of one egg, two chunky Kit Kat bars and a mug.

In the large egg category, products included the Cadbury's Oreo Large Egg, which contains one egg and two Cadbury Oreo Chocolate Bars (38 teaspoons of sugar) and the Mars Bar Egg, which contains one egg and two Mars Bars (41 teaspoons).

Meanwhile, the extra large category ranged form the Lidl Deluxe Milk Chocolate Egg (28 teaspoons of sugar) to the Cadbury's XL Dairy Milk Giant Egg, which contained one egg and two sharing bars (73 teaspoons of sugar).

The full list of eggs can be viewed here.

 


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