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Cadbury Creme Egg sugar content revealed in shocking Facebook post

The amount of sugar has been called 'frightening'

Rachel Hosie
Wednesday 21 February 2018 17:32 GMT
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It’s no secret that chocolate is full of sugar, but sometimes it takes seeing that sugar in a new light to hammer home just quite how much you’re consuming.

One mother has shocked the internet by posting a picture of a Creme Egg next to the amount of sugar the popular Easter treat contains.

“Warning, may upset Creme Egg lovers,” Rebecca Bilham posted on her Facebook page, The Little Red Hut Home & Gifts.

The post has now garnered over 5,000 shares, 12,000 comments and 3,000 reactions.

Many people expressed disbelief that one Creme Egg could actually contain the amount of sugar pictured.

A Creme Egg’s ingredients are sugar, milk, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, invert sugar syrup, dried whey (from milk), cocoa mass, vegetable fats (palm, shea), emulsifier (E442), dried egg white, flavourings and colour (paprika extract).

Sugar is by far the main ingredient, especially when you take into account glucose syrup and invert sugar syrup too.

Each Cadbury Creme Egg contains 26 grams of sugar, which is about six teaspoons.

Current UK government guidelines recommend that adults have no more than 30 grams (or seven teaspoons) of sugar per day, children aged seven to 10 no more than 24 grams (six teaspoons) and children aged four to six no more than 19 grams (five teaspoons).

“I found the amount of sugar claimed to be in a Creme Egg frightening to be honest,” Bilham told The Sun Online. “We all know they’re full of sugar but actually seeing it in pure form it appears such a lot.

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“I have let my son eat them at Easter, but I am conscious of his daily intake anyway and when you see eye opening content like this on social media it does make you stop and think twice.

“However we are chocolate lovers in our household and won’t be stopping eating them completely! Everything in moderation I think.”

A spokesperson for Cadbury told The Independent: “As with all of our delicious Cadbury chocolate, Cadbury Creme Egg can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

“This Easter treat is loved by consumers around the world and can only be snapped up in the run up to Easter.”

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