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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