Have you stopped to consider just how much sugar might be lurking in your favourite Easter egg?
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I can’t go anywhere at the moment without seeing Easter eggs. They’re prominently displayed throughout supermarkets and advertised just about everywhere.
Now I don’t wish to be a kill joy, but the chocolate consumption that accompanies Easter is not good news for our health. I’ve got some pretty shocking facts to share with you about just how much sugar goes into our favourite Easter treats.
HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN YOUR FAVOURITE EASTER EGG?
As an example, let’s start with Cadbury Mini Eggs. They are over two thirds sugar containing 69g per 100g. This means that a moderately sized 80g bag contains the equivalent of 55g (or 14 teaspoons) of sugar. That’s before we get onto the 296g ‘family bag’ containing a whopping 204g (51 teaspoons) sugar.
To put this into perspective, it’s recommended that we ideally consume less than 5% of our total energy intake as sugar. Depending on your ideal calorie intake (for weight maintenance, not weight loss), this is a maximum of roughly 25g (6 teaspoons) per day.
For children under four, it is recommended they avoid food with added sugar altogether.
According to the packaging, a single serving of Mini Eggs is just eight eggs (17g / four teaspoons sugar). I don’t know about you but I would not find it easy to stop eating such a moreish treat after eight little eggs. I could quite happily polish off a whole 80g bag, no problem. And I’m sure I am not alone!
But eating one 80g bag of Mini Eggs means consuming more than double the ideal daily upper maximum.
A similar sugar-filled story is true for many of the other most popular Easter chocolates. I picked Mini Eggs as I happened to pick up a bag in the supermarket the other day. But you’ll find that most commercial chocolate products are made up of more than half sugar.
A HEALTHIER APPROACH TO EASTER
Now I am not suggesting that we all have to avoid chocolate altogether. What I do wish to do is draw awareness to the things that food manufacturers are not so keen for you to know about. The more mindful we are about our consumption, the less we are likely to purchase.
Here are a few articles that I hope will help guide you towards making healthier choices this Easter:
If you’re looking for some healthier alternatives to the usual sugar-filled chocolate eggs, here are a few I recommend.
If you want to work out how much sugar is in your Easter Egg, or anything else you’re eating for that matter, here’s a simple guide.
And if you’re keen to enjoy Easter without gaining weight, here are five practical tips.
Just because big food companies spare no expense promoting these products, it doesn’t mean you should feel obliged to buy into this culture of excess consumption. It serves to line the pockets of big businesses while doing nothing to support our health and wellbeing. And I am pretty sure there was no mention of chocolate in the story of Jesus’ resurrection in the bible, which is what Easter was about before chocolate took centre stage!