Easter is almost upon us, which means parents will be prepping for the forthcoming sugar-fest.
While we’re all perfectly well aware that chocolate is full of sugar, sometimes we need a reminder of exactly how much sweet stuff we’re consuming when we’re chowing down on the choc.
One mum has shocked the Internet by posting a picture of a Creme Egg next to the amount of sugar the popular chocolate treat contains and a two pence piece for scale.
And it’s pretty shocking!
Rebecca Bilham posted the picture on the Facebook group The Little Red Hut Home & Gifts
“Warning, may upset Creme Egg lovers,” she captioned the image. “This amount of sugar in ONE cream egg?? Surely not……crikey!”
And it turns out people are pretty shocked by the amount as so far the picture has attracted more than 6.3K likes and more than 14K comments.
“That’s a lot of sugar i have type 2 diabetis due to to much sugary things i am now on insulin think before you eat,” one user commented.
“How is that even possible?! The pile of sugar looks larger than the actual creme egg!! We have a problem,” added another.
While some people were surprised to see the amount of sugar laid out, others admitted that it wouldn’t stop them eating Crème Eggs.
“Literally don’t care. Still happily dust 5 in one sitting. I will be fat forever,” one user wrote.
“Yeah that’s all well and good but people seem to drink about 4 teas a day with a sugar or 2 in it and not bat an eyelid lol live a little,” added another.
A Cadbury Creme Egg contains a whopping 26 grams of sugar, that’s five teaspoons based on a teaspoon of sugar being five grams.
According to the NHS children aged 11 or over and adults should consume no more than seven teaspoons of added sugar a day or 30g, equal to less than a single can of Coca-Cola, which contains 39g.
Children, on the other hand, should consume much less than that, no more than 19g for children aged four to six and no more than 24g for children aged seven to 10 (around the amount of sugar in a Snickers bar).
So just one Creme Egg could easily surpass their daily sugar allowance.
“I found the amount of sugar claimed to be in a Creme Egg frightening to be honest,” Rebecca told The Sun Online.
“We all know they’re full of sugar but actually seeing it in pure form it appears such a lot.
“I have let my son eat them at Easter, but I am conscious of his daily intake anyway and when you see eye opening content like this on social media it does make you stop and think twice.”
The shock photo comes as parents are being urged to limit children to two snacks of no more than 100 calories per day.
Public Health England (PHE) has revealed that on average children are consuming at least three unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, with around a third consuming four or more.
That means the average child can easily consume three times more sugar than recommended with the PHE warning that half of children’s sugar intake – around seven sugar cubes a day – comes from unhealthy snacks and drinks.
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