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How much sugar is in your Easter egg?

Easter is just around the corner – it’s that time of the year again, when chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies are on display in every supermarket in Ireland.

This Easter, Irish children and adults will eat their way through more than 1.5 million chocolate eggs: a 168-tonne sugar rush! Have you ever wondered how much sugar is there lurking in your favourite treats?

Children aged 4 to 6 years old should eat no more than 19 grams of added sugar a day, while children aged 7 to 10 years old should have no more than 24 grams.

A standard-sized Cadbury Creme Egg alone contains 26.5 grams (6.5 teaspoons) of sugar.

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Some larger chocolate eggs can contain 8-10 times the recommended daily sugar intake for children.

For instance, an extra-large Nestle Yorkie chocolate egg contains a staggering amount of 124 grams (31 teaspoons) of sugar: approximately 7 times the daily maximum recommended intake for a 6-year old kid. What’s more, this chocolate egg is sold together with a collection of 3 Yorkie chocolate bars (an extra 80 grams of sugar, approximately).

A research conducted by Safefood Ireland in 2016 revealed that ONE medium Easter egg contains on average 3 times the daily maximum recommended amount of sugar for a 6-year old child:

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Infographic and data source: the Irish Examiner

Children often end up with a stash of several Easter eggs of various sizes: in the Republic of Ireland, 23% of children will get between 6 and 10 eggs, while 12% will take proud delivery of 10 to 15 eggs. Letting a child eat such a large amount of sugary products in one or few days is a threat to their physical and psychological well-being.

We are not here to take all the fun out of Easter: one sugar bomb every so often isn’t going to make you fat or give you diabetes. Just remember to read the chocolate products’ labels, indulge in moderation and limit your kids’ chocolate intake on Easter Sunday.

Here’s a few tips for a healthier Easter:

  • For the least added sugar, choose dark chocolate (70% cocoa), which has the added health bonus of antioxidants.
  • Individually wrapped pieces of chocolate offer built-in portion control.
  • Try mixing up the celebration with non-sugary gifts, such as coloured hard-boiled eggs or chocolate-covered fruit!
  • Decide how much you and your kids are going to eat and put the rest of the chocolate away, out of reach.
  • The Easter bunny loves carrots: use them for preparing some delicious (and healthy) home-made treats!

Download and Print Your Healthy Living Checklist

Healthy Living Checklist

An example of the Checklist filled with some ideas

To help yourself achieve wellness and improve your daily health you can now print a copy of our Healthy Living Checklist, fill it in with your goals and stick it on your fridge door!

►► DOWNLOAD YOUR CHECKLIST (blank) ◄◄

 
No one becomes healthy by wishing, making excuses, or deeming themselves unworthy.
You can choose to be healthy one day at a time. Just choose simple, achievable, affordable goals at first.

You can also fill in the checklist together with your family, setting shared goals for a collective wellness!

Here are some ideas for daily steps towards a healthy lifestyle… the options are endless!

  • Take the stairs, not the lift
  • Spend some time in the nature
  • Eat a fruit at every meal
  • Avoid smoking
  • Make your own smoothie
  • Take a moment to stretch
  • Limit caffeine
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Shut down the computer to read a book
  • Avoid minerals & sugary drinks…
Luca Cattaneo

Luca Cattaneo

Marketing executive at Douglas Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Clinic.
Luca Cattaneo

Healthy Ways to Cope With Stress

Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations, whether they’re real or perceived.

Nowadays we generally use the word “stress” when we feel that everything seems to have become too much,

when we feel overloaded and wonder whether we really can cope with the pressures placed upon us.

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Stressed at work? Time for a warm cup of green tea!

Some possible effects of stress on your body:

  • A tendency to sweat
  • Back pain
  • Chest pain
  • Obesity
  • Cramps or muscle spasms
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Headache
  • Heart disease
  • Muscular aches
  • Hypertension…

Stress is a part of life: we cannot always avoid it, but we can try to avoid those situations that can cause it and prevent it from spiraling out of control again in the future.

Unfortunately, many people cope with stress in ways that compound the problem: smoking, drinking too much, craving junk food or spending hours in front of the computer…

If your methods of coping with stress aren’t contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it’s time to find healthier ones!

Here’s a list of 7 healthy ways to reduce and prevent stress (click on the arrows to scroll the images).

 

No single method works for everyone or in every situation, so experiment with different techniques and strategies!

Luca Cattaneo

Luca Cattaneo

Marketing executive at Douglas Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Clinic.
Luca Cattaneo