hidden sugars guide

a guide to hidden sugars in food

Most of us are aware that an excessive intake of sugar is bad for us. It not only damages your teeth but can also have serious implications for your general health. It may for example, increase your risk of developing diabetes or becoming obese.
Whilst food manufacturers have a legal obligation to list any sugars contained within their product, the information they provide can often be misleading. You may think that you don’t have a lot of sugar in your diet because, for example, you don’t eat sweets or take sugar in your tea and coffee. Beware! Sugar is often present in foods under a different guise. Names used include: – honey, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, galactose, lactose, polydextrose, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, maltodextrin, turbinado sugar. For more information about food labelling please refer to our June 2009 newsletter in the archive at www.dunsdental.co.uk.


We have provided you with a table of some popular foodstuffs and their sugar content over the page. If you have any queries please feel free to discuss them with a member of our team.

sugar content in biscuits

ProductPortion sizeTspn of sugar
Chocolate digestive 12
Digestive 10.5
Gingernut11
Jaffa Cakes11.5
Rich Tea10.5
Savoury Cracker1Trace

sugar content in confectionery

ProductPortion size
Tspn of sugar
Aero
1 bar4
Boiled sweets
1 tube10
Milk chocolate
1 sm bar6
Plain chocolate
1 sm bar6
Crunchie
1 bar6
Dolly mixtures
4 ozs20
Fruit pastilles
1 tube6.5
Kit kat
2 fingers4
Liquorice allsorts
4 ozs18
Maltesers
1 packet2.5
Snickers bar
1 bar4
Mars bar
1 bar5
Milky way
1 bar1.5
Murray mints
1 pack10
Polo mints
1 tube5
Yorkie
1 bar6
Smarties
1 tube4.5
Topic
1 bar4
Twix
1 finger3.5

sugar content in soft drinks

Product
Portion size
Tspn of sugar
Slush puppy
1/2 sm cup6..5
Blackcurrant
4 fl oz's4
Bitter lemon1 glass4
Coca cola
1 can7
Ginger ale
1 glass3
Lemonade
1 glass3.5
Orange squash
1 glass2.5
Lucozade
1 glass8
Ribena
1 glass5
Tizer
1 glass4.5
Tonic water
1 glass2.5
Vimto 1 glass3

sugar content in hot beverages

Product
Portion size
Tspn of sugar
Bournvita3 teaspoons1.5
Drinking choc
3 teaspoons 2.5
Horlicks
3 teaspoons 1
Ovaltine 3 teaspoons 1

sugar content in soup

ProductPortion size
Tspn of sugar
Tinned Tomato1 bowl1
Packet minestrone1 packet1

sugar content in cakes

Product
Portion size
Tspn of sugar
Sponge cakes1 med slice1.5
Scone - sweet
1 scone
0.5
Scone - cheese
1 scone
0
Sandwich cake
1 med slice
4.5
Lemon pie
1 med slice
3.5
Currant bun1 bun1.5
Chocolate cake1 med slice 2

sugar content in desserts

Product
Portion size
Tspn of sugar
Angel delightI packet8
Choc. Sauce
3 teaspoons
2
Dream topping 1 sachet 2
Ice CreamFamily block9

sugar content in spreads

ProductPortion size
Tspn of sugar
Chocolate spread
2 teaspoons2.5
Honey
2 teaspoons2.5
Jam
2 teaspoons2
Lemon curd
2 teaspoons2
Marmalade
2 teaspoons2.5
Syrup
2 teaspoons2.5
Treacle
2 teaspoons2.5
Peanut butter2 teaspoons0.5

sugar content in cereal

ProductsPortion size
Tspn of sugar
All bran
3 tablespoons
1
Branflakes
6 tablespoons
1
Cornflakes
6 tablespoons
0.5
Muesli & sugar
2 tablespoons
2
Rice krispies
6 tablespoons
0.5
Shreddies
2 tablespoons
0.5
Shredded wheat
2 biscuits
0
Special k
6 tablespoons
0.5
Sugar puffs
6 tablespoons
2.5
Puffed wheat
6 tablespoons
0

sugar content in tinned veg

ProductPortion SizeTspn of sugar
Baked Beans1/2 med tin2
Peas1 sm tin0.5
Sweetcorn1/2 med tin1.5

sugar content in sauces & pickles

Product
Portion size
Tspn of sugar
Brown sauce3 teaspoons1
Salad cream 3 teaspoons0.5
Tomato ketchup3 teaspoons1

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