Obesity Health Alliance | 2018 | Warning over blueberry muffin hidden sugar content – with leading brands containing up to 10 teaspoons of sugar; more than a can of Coke
Action on Sugar and the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA) have released figures highlighting the amount of sugar in blueberry muffins. Their data not only shows the ‘hidden sugar’ in the treat, but it also underlines the variation in sugar content in the muffins sold across retail outlets in the UK. Some of these muffins contain as much as 10 teaspoons (tsps) of sugar and those with the least sugar contained 3 tsps.
Their analysis shows that muffins purchased at railways station shops had more sugar (19%) and were over a third (32%) than those available pre-packaged in supermarkets. While, just under two thirds 61% of all the muffins included in the survey contained six teaspoons of sugar or more, which is the upper daily limit for a child aged 7-10 years.
Caroline Cerny, Obesity Health Alliance Lead, said:
“We may think grabbing a blueberry muffin is a reasonably healthy option for a snack on the go compared to other cakes or a chocolate bar – yet the figures suggest otherwise. There is huge variation in both the size of muffins and the sugar content; and with limited nutrition labelling it’s all too easy to eat a huge amount of sugar in just one serving.”
Action on Obesity are calling on the government to introduce warning labels to be mandatory on all food products, not just those sold ready packaged in supermarkets.
The full release is available at Obesity Health Alliance, Warning over blueberry muffin hidden sugar content – with leading brands containing up to 10 teaspoons of sugar; more than a can of Coke
In the media BBC News A blueberry muffin ‘could have day’s worth of sugar’