How much sugar is in your foods and drinks

Have you ever wondered how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we consume? Not many of us will take too much notice about the amount of sugars in our favourite snacks and teatime treats but maybe we should.

The effects which added sugars are having on both our general and dental health can be highly damaging, especially when consumed frequently.

When sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque, the acids which are formed attack the teeth and destroy the enamel. If this occurs often, the tooth enamel may break down, forming a hole or ‘cavity’ and causing tooth decay. This almost always leads to fillings and could even result in teeth having to be extracted.

To uncover some of the sugary secrets in our top snacks and drinks, we at Dental Helpline have to put together a few short tables revealing exactly how much sugar you will find in them.

Biscuit

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Chocolate Digestive
29.2g
1.2 tsp (5.1g per biscuit)
Chocolate Wafer-Fully coated 34.7g
2.62 tsp (10.49g per biscuit)
Custard Cread Biscuits 29.8g
0.87 tsp (3.5g per biscuit)
Digestive Biscuits
16.6g
0.63 tsp (2.5g per biscuit)
Gingernuts
31g 0.77 tsp (3.1g per biscuit)
Jaffa Cakes
52g
3.25 tsp (13g per two buiscuits)
Rich Tea Biscuits
20.1g 0.42 tsp (1.7g per biscuit)
Savoury
5.3g 0.05 tsp (0.2g per biscuit)
Shortcake
16g 0 dental lab equipment.53 tsp (2.1g per biscuit)
Confectionary

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Bounty 2 Bar Pack
57.8g
8.23 tsp (32.9g)
Chrunchie 61.7g 6.18 tsp (24.7g)
Kit Kat
47.8g
0.75 tsp (3g per two finger)
Liquorice Allsorts
61.9g
0.93 tsp (3.7g per sweep)
Mars Bar
68.1g
10.7 tsp (42.6g per bar)
Milk Chocolate
52.8g 2.2 tsp (8.8g per three squares)
Milky Way 2 Bar Pack
72.4g
7.93 tsp (31.7g)
Pepper Mints
56.8g 1.2 tsp (4.8g per sweet)
Plain Chocolate
46.8g 1.95 tsp (7.8g per three squares)
Snickers Bar
54.5g 7.9 tsp (31.6g)
Toffees 37.4g 0.78 tsp (3.1g per sweet)
Twix 2 Bar Pack 64.5g 9.5 tsp (38g)
Tinned Vegetables

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Baked Beans
5g
2.58 tsp (10.3g per half a tin)
Peas 1.7g
0.33 tsp (1.3g per 80g serving)
Sweetcorn-Kernels 3.9g
0.63 tsp (2.5g 1/4 can)
Soft Drinks

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Blackcurrant
9.7g in concentrate
1.23 tsp (4.9g per 250ml serving)
Cranberry Juice
11.6g
7.25 tsp (29g per 250ml serving)
Coca Cola
10.6g
6.63 tsp (26.5g per 250ml serving)
Ginger Ale
9.1g
5.63 tsp (22.5g pet 250ml serving)
Lemonade 3.5g 2.2 tsp (8.89g in 250ml serving)
Lucozade Sport 3.5g 4.38 tsp (17.5g per 500ml bottle)
Milkshake Powder 91.1g 6.95 tsp (27.8g 25g in 200ml S/S milk)
Orange Squash 13g in concentrate
1.63 tsp (6.5 in 250ml serving)
Tonic Water 5.1g 3.2 tsp (12.8g per 250 ml serving)
Soups

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Tin Tomato Soup
4.9g
2.45 tsp (9.8g in half a tin)
Packet Minestrone
2g
1.25 tsp (5g as prepared)
Spreads

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in 15g serving
Chocolate Spread
50g
1.88 tsp (7.5g)
Honey
84.7g
3.18 tsp (12.7g)
Jam 52.3g 1.95 tsp (7.8g)
Lemon Curd 53.7g 2.03 tsp (8.1g)
Marmalade 66g 2.48 tsp (9.9g)
Syrup 80.5g 3.1 tsp (12.4g)
Treacle 64g 2.4 tsp (9.6g)
Peanut Butter-smooth 6g 0.23 tsp (0.9g)
Cereals

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
All Bran
22g
1.75 tsp (7g per 30g serving)
Branflakes 22g
1.75 tsp (7g per 30g serving)
Cornflakes 8g 0.63 tsp (2.5g per 30g serving)
Muesli-swiss style 23.1g 2.6 tsp (10.4g per 45g serving)
Rice Crispies 10g 0.75 tsp (3g per 30g serving)
Shreddies 14.9g 1.5 tsp (6g per 40g serving)
Shredded Wheat 0.9g 0.01 tsp (0.4g per 45g serving)
Special K 17g 1.25 tsp (5g per 30g serving)
Sugar Puffs 36.3g 2.65 tsp (10.6g per 30g serving)
Cakes

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Chocolate Fudge Cake
30.2g
6.6 tsp (26.4g per 1/8 cake)
Country Slice
41.6g
3.18 tsp (12.7g per slice)
Madeira Cake 30.8g 6.7 tsp (26.5g per slice)
Scones – Fruit 22.4g 2.3 tsp (9.2g per scone)
Sponge Cake with Jam 36g 3.7 tsp (14 dental vacuum forming machine.8g per 1/6 cake)
Desserts

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Creamed Rice Pudding
9g
3.05 tsp (12.2g per pot)
Fruit Cocktail in Juice
13g
4.35 tsp (17.39g 1/3 can)
Fruit Yoghurt 8.6g 2.7 tsp (10.8g per pot)
Jelly 15g 5.05 tsp (20.2g 135g pot)
Ice Cream Sauce 66.8g 2.5 tsp (10.3g per 15g serving)
Ice Cream – vanilla 21g 2.5 tsp (10g 2 scoops)
Instant Custard 6.9g 3.05 tsp (12.2 1/4 pint)
Instant Dessert Powder 53.9g 2.9 tsp (11.6g per 92g serving)
Beverages

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Drinking Chocolate
58.1g
4.08 tsp (16.3g) in water
Horlicks
37.7g
4.78 tsp (19.1g) in S/S milk
Ovaltine 37.2g 2.33 tsp (9.3g) in water
Sauces & Pickles

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Brown Sauce
19g
0.5 tsp (2.0g)
Salad Cream
17.5g
0.65 tsp (2.6g)
Sweet Pickle 23.9g 1 tsp (4g)
Tomato Ketchup 23.7g 1 tsp (4g)
All amounts are shown in both natural and added sugars combined.

All amounts are approximate micro motors australia.

All amounts are correct at the time of going on the web page and are taken from manufacturers labels. Other manufacturers products may vary.

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