2 Things that might shock you about Easter treats

By Tarryn Thompson | In Health & Nutrition | on March 29, 2018
Easter holidays are filled with a tonne of great childhood memories, almost all of mine start with hot cross buns in the morning followed by an endless supply of Easter eggs.
Now as I’m a grown woman, the novelty of Easter eggs is not so much there.

However as I welcome myself back to NZ after a year long overseas experience in Indonesia, I found myself this easter week looking for something that may help you over the long weekend to keep the scales from tipping, and I was shocked when I learned these 2 things.

How much sugar there is in Easter eggs and, 
The whopping calorie content 

I mean I knew it wasn’t going to be good news, let’s just say I’m bloody glad I checked in advance

So let’s address the first.

1. Sugar content

Per every 25 gm of Easter egg, there are approximately 14 gm of sugar.

For those of you who don’t know, every 4 gm of sugar is equal to 1 tsp of sugar. 

So when you read the nutrition label and check the sugar content. Translating 15 gm of sugar per serve, into 3.5 tsp of sugar may help give you the perspective you need to choose a different item, or adjust your serving size.

In Cadbury creme egg there is 20 gm of sugar or 5 tsp

creme egg

In the 125 gm Cadbury bag of small eggs, there is only 2.8 gm of sugar, or ¾ of a tsp per egg
small egg 2
In the Lindt hollow bunny, there is a whopping 49 gm of sugar, or 12.25 tsp
bunny 2
And in the 190 gm Cadbury hollow egg not including the chocolates that come with it, there is 62 gm of sugar, or 15.5 tsp
egg 2
Or if you like the Darrell lea variety, this egg packs a whopping 82.2gms of sugar, or 20.5 tsp
darrell 2
If hot cross buns are your treat of choice, you might be surprised to know that there is 8 gm of sugar per bun, or 2 tsp
buns 2
2. Now let’s address the calorie content

Per every 25 gm of Easter egg, there is approximately 130 calories

With its gooey center and milk chocolate shell, the Cadbury Creme egg is an Easter tradition that’s loved by most of the country.
But while they may look small, a Creme Egg packs quite a calorie punch — thanks to the fondant centre.
Containing 150 cal. To burn off a single creme egg you’re looking at almost 20 minutes of skipping, a jog for 19 minutes or even a brisk 35 minute walk.

The small cadbury 125g bag has 15 eggs per packet. With each tiny egg containing 35 calories, and if you eat all 15 which is more than doable over the long weekend, you’re looking at around 537 calories and you’d have to do an hour of a very high energy zumba class and more.

He’s pretty cute, but the 100g Lindt Gold Bunny will have you walking for hours to burn off the 543 calories that he brings.
The average woman would need to walk on the treadmill for around 2 hrs 16 min to burn off the calories
If you don’t quite have the time, opt for a run instead — which will bring the workout time down to 1 hour.

Containing 562 calories, this 105g hollow Easter egg will take 65 minutes of cycling, more than 60 minutes in a HIIT class or at least an hour and a half pilates class to work it off.

It is pretty old school, but if you do prefer the Darrel Lea Milk Chocolate Nougat Egg you would be consuming 651 calories if you ate the entire egg yourself.

And lastly, if you love to wake up to the smell of warm hot cross buns in the oven, Brace yourself for one hour of swimming, more than 60 minutes of jogging or 45 minutes of rowing to burn this sweet treat off.

Lastly, just because it contains fruit — don’t think you’re doing yourself any favours if you opt for a Hot Cross Bun.
The average woman aged 35, weighing 71 kg would have to walk for 108 minutes or run for 46 minutes just to burn off two hot cross buns — which typically contain about 430 calories.
So here’s what you can do about it!

  • The serving size of sugar recommended for females is 26 gm per day And for men, 30 gm per day.
  • Provided you are eating at least 80% whole food diet, your sugar intake should already be very low.
  • If you eat ½ a Lindt bunny, you will stay within the recommended range
  • Don’t eat fruit over the weekend, this will further lower the sugar content
  • Use the nutrition label at the back of the Easter eggs to to guide you. Keep track of it on a notes app in your phone
  • Control your environment and buy a small amount of high quality chocolate instead of bulk buying the cheap stuff. Out of sight out of mind is key after the Easter period is over.
  • And lastly, I do not recommend you take an exercise holiday, on the contrary. Exercising in the morning on the day you decide to have your treats, will create space for your muscles and your liver to absorb the sugar and extra calories making sure there is very little spillover or none at all, so there is no conversion to fat.
Have a fabulous Easter weekend, and enjoy yourself with your friends and family.

Talk soon

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