Date
24 November 2017
Macarons look appealing but they could pose health risks if consumed in excess quantities. Photo: Wikipedia
Macarons look appealing but they could pose health risks if consumed in excess quantities. Photo: Wikipedia

Think before you gorge on those macarons

Next time you reach out for that box of colorful macarons, try not to overindulge yourself. 

Anyone who eats ten macarons a day will have exceeded the recommended daily sugar intake, a study by Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety has found.

A 100-gram macaron portion contains 39 grams of sugar on average, the highest sugar level among ten dessert samples covered in the study. The French dessert, meanwhile, offers the highest energy content — 460 kilocalorie per 100 gram.

The study has picked 334 non-prepackaged food samples, or 35 products, from July to December last year, including drinks, desserts and bakery food to know their sugar contents.

A single standard macaron has 5.3 gram of sugar, and anyone eating ten pieces will have exceeded the recommended daily sugar intake of 50 grams, the food safety center said.

In comparison, 100 grams of molten chocolate cakes and soufflé have 19 grams and 16 grams of sugar respectively. Milk pudding and red bean sweet soup have the least sugar content, with 6.9 grams and 6.7 grams in 100 grams respectively.

Among 11 beverages, red bean icy drink, pineapple icy drink and tri-color icy drink have the highest level of sugar.

The study also found that among 14 bakery products, plain cake, spongy cake and coconut tart have the highest sugar level.

To help the public reduce the sugar intake, the food industry has been advised to provide more reduced-sugar-content options and offer a range of portion sizes or smaller dishes for consumers to choose.

Consumers, on their part, should strive to maintain a balanced and varied diet and limit the consumption of food and drinks with high amount of added sugars.

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