10 examples of popular high-sugar snacks

We’re surrounded by cakes, snack bars, chocolate, sweets wherever we go from shops, to cafes and restaurants. Whether your weakness is the break room at work, chocolate from the vending machine or the biscuit tin at home, it can be easy to fall into the habit of eating too much sugar. Most of us are eating sugar at levels that are really bad for our health. But it’s never too late to turn things around. Simply being more aware of the amount of sugar in different foods can help us make healthier choices which have amazing health benefits.

Here are some of the most popular snacks, you will be surprised by the amount of sugar lurking inside:

  1. 100g Haribo gummy sweets 47g (11.5 tsps)
  2. Yorkie chocolate bar 27g (6.5 tsps)
  3. Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut with filling 26g (6.5 tsps)
  4. Carte D’or 100g Vanilla ice-cream 22g (5.5 tsps)
  5. GU chocolate cheesecake dessert 20g (5 tsps)
  6. Supermarket own brand cake with buttercream frosting (approx.) 19g (4.5 tsps)
  7. Muller corner yoghurt 16g (4 tsps)
  8. Eat Natural fruit and nut snack bar 16g (4 tsps)
  9. Supermarket own brand golden syrup flavoured porridge 14g (3.5 tsps)
  10. McDonald’s double cheeseburger 9g (2 tsps)

This is not a definitive list. Information is based on research using a specific popular snacks selection to show a wide selection from different categories – Jan 2020 Rounded to nearest whole number (g).

How can you cut down on sugary snacks?

Sometimes it can be really difficult to ignore a sugar craving, but here are some simple things you can do to cut down on sugar and start enjoying the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Keep a food diary to see how much a few sugary snacks and drinks each day can really stack up. Just cutting one or two a day is a great start to a healthier you.

When you’re dehydrated, sometimes the part of your brain that regulates appetite and thirst can make you feel hungry instead. Fill yourself up on a big glass of water, or sparkling water, in between meals to help combat those hunger pangs.

Try to get the whole family involved and see if you can make the switch to some lower-sugar varieties. Changes are always easier when you make them together.