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A member of the British Dietetic Association, Juliette Kellow has worked in the NHS and for the food industry, and is the former editor of magazines Slimming and Top Santé. She's also the former editorial...

While you may not eat a lot of sweets and cakes, you could be unwittingly consuming too much sugar…

The World Health Organization recommends we eat no more than 12tsp sugar a day, so to help you keep tabs on the white stuff in your diet, here’s our expert guide:

Breakfast

croissant1 croissant = 1 tsp
1tsp honey = 1½ tsp
1tsp jam = 1½ tsp
50g granola = 3½ tsp
125g pot low-fat fruit yogurt = 4 tsp

 

Lunch

baked beans sugarEgg mayo sandwich = 1 tsp
200g baked beans = 2½ tsp
½ carton fresh carrot and coriander soup = 2½ tsp
400g lasagne ready meal = 3 tsp
200g pack mixed sushi = 7 tsp

 

Dinner

chicken curry450g chicken curry and rice ready meal = 3 tsp
¼ large jar sweet and sour cooking sauce = 6 tsp
¼ large jar tomato pasta sauce = 2 tsp

 

Drinks

sugar wineLarge glass medium white wine = 2 tsp
200ml tonic water = 3 tsp
200ml fresh orange juice = 4½ tsp
200ml cranberry juice drink = 6 tsp
1 can coca cola = 9 tsp

 

Extras

sugar ketchup2tbsp fat-free salad dressing = ½ tsp
1tbsp tomato ketchup = 1 tsp
1tbsp salad cream = 1 tsp
1 heaped tbsp coleslaw = 1 tsp
1tbsp pickle = 2½ tsp

 

Treats

sugar ice cream1 chocolate digestive = 1 tsp
1 scoop ice cream = 3½ tsp
50g milk chocolate = 7 tsp
Tube fruit pastilles = 7½ tsp

 

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