You Won't Believe How Many Teaspoons Of Sugar Are In A Creme Egg

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By Melissa Fine, ellaslist

When the World Health Organisation revised their sugar consumption guidlines back in 2015, they decided that 'free sugars', or added sugars (not the natural sugars you get in fruit or dairy) should ideally make up no more than 5% of our daily energy intake. This equates to 6 teaspoons, or 25 grams of sugar - which is what you'll get just by consuming one standard Cadbury Creme Egg. 

That's right, this popular Easter choccie leaves no extra room for any other added sugars in the day - if you don't want to be going over the recommended sugar limit. 

                                                           Image source: Facebook

The sky-high amount of sugar in a Creme Egg is largely thanks to that mysterious fondant filling. The many different forms of sugar in here are bolded in the ingredients list below: 

Sugar, Milk Solids, Wheat Glucose Syrup, Cocoa Butter, Invert Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Oil, Emulsifiers (442, Soy Lecithin), Flavours, Egg Albumen Colour(760(c)).

It's also pretty clear that there's several other funny ingredients in here that you wouldn't keep in your pantry (Egg Albumin Colour 760, anyone?).

So what to do if an oozing Creme Egg is your thing, or the kids favourite treat over Easter? 
  • Cut your Creme Egg in half, and encourage the kids to share it (or share it with your little one!).
  • Go for the mini Creme Eggs instead, and limit the kids to one or two a day over Easter. Pro-tip: Pop them in the freezer and they'll firm up a bit and take longer to eat - which means the kids won't devour them in 10 seconds. 
  • Let's be real. If a Creme Egg is your vice, cutting one in half and keeping the other half in the fridge 'for another day' is a little ambitious - chances are you'll go back to eat the second half. Share it with a loved one instead, or better yet, don't buy it in the first place. Out of sight, out of mind. 

 

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