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Have you ever wondered how much sugar is in the foods and drinks we consume? Not many of us will take too much notice about the amount of sugars in our favourite snacks and teatime treats but maybe we should.

The effects which added sugars are having on both our general and dental health can be highly damaging, especially when consumed frequently.

When sugar reacts with the bacteria in plaque, the acids which are formed attack the teeth and destroy the enamel. If this occurs often, the tooth enamel may break down, forming a hole or ‘cavity’ and causing tooth decay. This almost always leads to fillings and could even result in teeth having to be extracted.

To uncover some of the sugary secrets in our top snacks and drinks, we at Dental Helpline have to put together a few short tables revealing exactly how much sugar you will find in them.

Biscuit

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Chocolate Digestive 29.2g 1.2 tsp (5.1g per biscuit)
Chocolate Wafer-Fully coated 34.7g 2.62 tsp (10.49g per biscuit)
Custard Cread Biscuits 29.8g 0.87 tsp (3.5g per biscuit)
Digestive Biscuits 16.6g 0.63 tsp (2.5g per biscuit)
Gingernuts 31g 0.77 tsp (3.1g per biscuit)
Jaffa Cakes 52g 3.25 tsp (13g per two buiscuits)
Rich Tea Biscuits 20.1g 0.42 tsp (1.7g per biscuit)
Savoury 5.3g 0.05 tsp (0.2g per biscuit)
Shortcake 16g 0.53 tsp (2.1g per biscuit)

 

Confectionary

Product Amount per 100g Sugar Content in Teaspoons
Bounty 2 Bar Pack 57.8g 8.23 tsp (32.9g)
Chrunchie 61.7g 6.18 tsp (24.7g)
Kit Kat 47.8g 0.75 tsp (3g per two finger)
Liquorice Allsorts 61.9g 0.93 tsp (3.7g per sweep)
Mars Bar 68.1g 10.7 tsp (42.6g per bar)
Milk Chocolate 52.8g 2.2 tsp (8.8g per three squares)
Milky Way 2 Bar Pack 72.4g 7.93 tsp (31.7g)
Pepper Mints 56.8g 1.2 tsp (4.8g per sweet)
Plain Chocolate 46.8g 1.95 tsp (7.8g per three squares)
Snickers Bar 54.5g 7.9 tsp (31.6g)
Toffees 37.4g 0.78 tsp (3.1g per sweet)
Twix 2 Bar Pack 64.5g 9.5 tsp (38g)

Read the full blog entry: How much sugar is in your foods and drinks?

  

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