If you’re partial to a café-style muffin, you might want to read this — or turn away now. A recent analysis found many store-bought muffins contain your whole day’s worth of added sugar. Surprised? You mightn’t be if you knew your daily quota of added sugar was just six teaspoons!
The reality is that Aussies are eating more than double that amount — a huge 14 teaspoons a day, according to the latest Australian Health Survey.
To put this in context, the following each exceed your daily sugar quota: • Five jelly snakes with 6½ teaspoons of sugar (27.5g) • A regular-sized Mars Bar with over 7 teaspoons (30.3g) • A Gloria Jean’s Very Vanilla Chiller with 11½ teaspoons (48.6g)
It’s easy to see how quickly your sugar intake adds up. But keep in mind that this sugar limit doesn’t include natural sugars found in fruit and dairy, so there’s no need to worry about limiting these foods.
Instead, work on taming your sweet tooth and cutting back on ‘extras’ like chocolate, biscuits and cake. They don’t have to be off the menu for good, but it pays to know how to manage your sweet cravings — because let’s face it, we all have them! So if you’re ready to win your battle against the sweet stuff, turn to page 30 for our top tips to beat cravings, as well as simple swaps to cut back.