February 23, 2018 4:26 pm

Mom’s sugar warning may turn off Cadbury Creme Egg lovers

Most Facebook users aren't surprised these Easter treats have this much sugar.

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This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, but there’s a lot of sugar inside a Cadbury Creme Egg.

U.K.-based mom Rebecca Bilham of The Little Red Hut Home & Gifts, recently posted a photo of exactly how much sugar is inside this popular Easter treat on Facebook.

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“Warning, may upset Creme Egg lovers… this amount of sugar in ONE cream egg?” she wrote on a social media site.

The post, which is now viral, shows a pile of sugar that’s bigger than the actual size of the creamy chocolate and a British coin.

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And while the eggs come in different sizes and fillings, a typical 150-calorie egg seen in the picture above has 26.5 grams of sugar in the U.K. Some retailers in Ontario carry Cadbury Creme Eggs with 21 grams of sugar, while a U.S. Walmart has versions with 20 grams.

To put things in perspective, 21 grams of sugar is about 4.2 teaspoons of sugar.

In 2016, the American Heart Association had issued recommendations on sugar intake for the first time. Children between two and 18 should eat fewer than six teaspoons of added sugar per day — that’s about 25 grams of sugar.

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Recommendations also noted children and teens should limit their sugar-sweetened drinks to no more than eight ounces per week (that’s about 240 millilitres and a can of pop is 355 milliliteres). And children under two shouldn’t eat or drink anything with added sugar.

Yet, some reports have found Canadian children, in particular, were consuming 33 teaspoons of sugar a day, the Global and Mail reports.

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Social media users react

Online, most Facebook users weren’t surprised at how much sugar their children (or they) were consuming.

“What a surprise that a fondant filled chocolate egg is filled with sugar and not cabbage or quinoa!! I feel so misled,” user Claire Curtis joked.

“Literally don’t care. Still happily dust 5 in one sitting. It would be 6 but the tight gets have reduced to 5. I will be fat forever,” user Craig Scott joked.

“Why would anyone be surprised there is this much sugar in a delicious egg shaped chocolate delight? That’s why it tastes so good,” user Wendy Webber wrote.

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Some were “shocked” to see the image of the egg and actual sugar side-by-side.

“I am shocked at that, they are nice though, in moderation of course,” user Kevin Wheldon wrote.

“Imagine how much sugar we would have eaten by the time Easter is over and done with,” user Ceri John wrote.

In January, an image on Reddit went viral after showing how much sugar and palm oil was in a jar of Nutella, the Express reports.

On Pinterest, there are several examples of how to educate children on sugar consumption with similar methods.

This one from Twitter, for example, shows how much white sugar is in pop and energy drinks. A can of Coke has 36 grams of sugar and a Red Bull has 27.5 grams.

— with files from Carmen Chai


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