Breakfast cereal with more sugar than 7 chocolate fingers

Another article in today’s Daily Mail newspaper revealing how high sugar levels are in popular foods, expect many more as sugar is now increasingly being recognised as ‘the big baddy’ in our diets and many food manufacturers are ignoring advice to cut levels in their products.  Some breakfast cereals contain as much sugar as 7.5 chocolate fingers per portion and levels have gone up over the past few years. Campaign group ‘Action on Sugar’ found 14 out of 50 cereals were at least a third sugar – 33.3g per 100g or a whopping 8 teaspoons in each serving.  The worst offender was Aldi’s Harvest Morn Choco Rice at 39g per 100g which is equivalent to 10 teaspoons.   Morrisons Honey & Nut Corn Flakes and Sainsbury’s Honey Nut Corn Flakes came in at 36.3g per 100g. The amount in Kellog’s Frosties was 37g per 100g and Crunchy Nut was 25g per 100g. As well as contributing to weight gain too much sugar is linked with increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Start reading those food labels and be prepared to be quite shocked – 4g of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon!

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