80% of adults in Ireland will give an Easter Egg as a present to children. Most children will have more than 1 egg this holiday. While we are not trying to be spoil sports, we have to advise some caution!
The current advice is to limit your added sugar intake to 10% or less of calories a day. When you break that down it means that you shouldn't have more than about 70g (17.5spoons) of sugar for men and 50g (12.5 spoons) for women per day, although this will vary according to factors such as size, age and how active people are.
Children, depending on their size, are less than 50g per day, with the World Health Organisation now saying we should halve that figure again!
While 70g or 50g seems like quite a big amount - you would never sit down and eat 70g of raw sugar! - remember that it is hidden in the food you eat! Especially at Easter, when eggs are a plenty. You can see by the grams/spoons of sugar in each of the eggs below, that we are already over our recommended total daily intake.
Unfortunately these figures don't read well on a mobile device!
To calculate the amount of sugar in the Eggs you buy:
Look for the "of which Sugars" line, and take the figure under the "per 100g" column. Divide this figure by 4, and then multiply by the weight of the egg.
For example: Egg contains 58.7g of sugar per 100g, divided by 4 gives you 14.6 spoons of sugar per 100g. The egg weighs 304g, so multiply your 14.6 by 3 (3 x 100g = weight) which gives you 43.8 spoons of sugar in that egg.
Sugar per 100g
Spoons of Sugar per Egg
Cadbury Freddo Chocolate Egg - 96g 56g 13
Cadbury Egg and Spoon Egg Vanilla - 136g 50.5g 17
Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg Caramel - 178g 56g 24
Cadbury Roses Chocolate Egg - 271g 56g 37
Smarties Medium Easter Egg - 122G 61.6g 18
Kitkat Chunky Medium Easter Egg - 148G 61.1g 22
Nestle Yorkie Mug Egg - 192G 58.7g 28
Galaxy Minstrels Egg - 304G 58.7g 44
Tesco Finest Belgian Plain Chocolate Egg - 370G 42.1g 38
Green And Black's Thick Milk Chocolate Shell Egg - 165G 45.5g 18