Sugar Rush: the results


Okay, so it turns out this was a lot harder than I expected, especially for someone like me considering we make fresh meals and I am so forgetful and so actually remembering to look at packets was a hassle!  But I tried my best and I managed to do it for 4 days.  To be honest some of the results came as quite a shock to me;

Day 1

Breakfast
Coffee - 1 sugar
Banana - 3 teaspoons

Snack
Kit Kat - 2.5 sugar
Fresh innocent orange juice - 8 teaspoons (just a glass of fresh orange juice pushed me over the daily limit and it is supposed to be good for you?!)

Lunch
Cheese and onion toastie - 1 sugar

Tea
Roast chicken with all the veg - it was all homemade so I couldn't count the sugar
Strawberry tart however - 3 sugars

Total - 18.5

Day 2

Breakfast
Porridge - 4 sugars
Coffee -1 sugar

Lunch
Homemade lentil soup with bread - 0.5 sugar for the bread

Snack
Chocolate bar - I grazed on throughout the day (it was my sister, she's a bad influence giving me a massive bar of chocolate that I couldn't resist!) - 14 sugars.

Tea
Homemade mince pie and potatoes - once again couldn't count the sugar

Total - 19.5

Day 3

Breakfast
Yeo Valley natural organic yogurt - 6 sugars
coffee - 1 sugar

I had a bad day, didn't stop to eat until dinner time...

Tea
pie and potatoes so couldn't measure the sugar...
then a Fab ice lolly - 2.5 sugars

Total - 9.5

Day 4

Breakfast
Egg roll - 0.5
Coffee - 1 sugar 

Lunch
Pizza - 1 sugar in half
Frijj milkshake drink - 2.5 sugars

Tea 
Chicken Madras and boiled rice from Indian - 2.5 sugars (simply a google search to see roughly how much)
I was very bad and had a can of coke - 9 sugars

Snack
Tunnocks snowball - 3 sugars
Coffee - 1 sugar

Total - 18.5

So really, on average, I am going over the recommended daily sugar intake by almost 10 teaspoons of sugar, which amounts to a lot.  That's 70 extra teaspoons a week!  Not only that I was surprised about the amount of sugar in things I thought to be healthy; like porridge, orange juice and organic yogurt! And I didn't even count all of the sugar in homemade meals or any hidden sugars.  I don't know about anyone else but I think the results are quite scary. 

Maybe you should give it a try and see just how much sugar you consume in a day?  It's easy to measure as a teaspoon is 4 grams of sugar, however, I think the struggle is actually remembering to count the sugar or even think about looking at the packets or trying to limit yourself to 7 teaspoons a day. 

I definitely will try and make the conscious effort to stay away from sugar, but it seems to be everywhere!  That's why I think Jamie Oliver has set a massive example in trying to get our government to act.  And I really hope they do.

Well, until next time!

Love, Lauren x