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The sugar shocks in your food REVEALED; TUESDAY Fizzy drinks are the target of a sugar tax that will be introduced next month in a bid to improve the nation's health .. but there are some other, more surprising, culprits lurking in your weekly shop.

Byline: NADA FARHOUD reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A SUGAR tax on soft drinks will be introduced next month - aimed at stemming soaring levels of diabetes and obesity in the UK.

All beverages containing more than five grams of sugar per 100ml will be hit by an extra 18p tax, while those containing eight grams or more will attract a 24p levy.

The move, introduced by Chancellor Philip Hammond, should generate about PS520million.

In England, the money will be used to fund sport in primary schools, while devolved governments will be able to decide how they want to use their share.

We all know fizzy drinks are laden with sugar - but many of us are unaware how much of it lurks in our everyday drinks, foods and snacks.

Did you know the amount in just one Cadbury's Creme Egg takes up almost your entire recommended daily intake? The Easter treats contain 26g of sugar - the equivalent of six-and-a-half teaspoons.

Cutting down on alcohol will help you shed a few pounds but some drinks are causing you more damage than others.

A Vodka and cranberry might sound like a "healthier" tipple as the white spirit has practically no sugar in it - but the fruit juice contains 30g per serving.

In comparison, a miniature bottle of Prosecco has 6.5g of sugar.

There are more than 55 names under which sugar is disguised, including agave, treacle, blackstrap molasses, molasses, nectar, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, sugar cane juice, brown rice syrup and malt syrup.

From flavoured water with the equivalent of 16 teaspoons or salad dressing with nearly 12, here's a guide to the main culprits in your weekly shop and the shocking reality of what that sugar actually looks like.

Cadbury creme egg, 40g, 26g sugar

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Hovis white bread, 800g, 28g sugar (1 slice 1.4g)

Iceland takeaway sweet and sour chicken, 375g, 51g sugar

Miniature Prosecco, 200ml, 6.5g sugar

Bulmers original cider, 500ml, 20.5g sugar

Bottle of dry white wine, 750ml, 8.4g sugar

Peroni, 620ml, 2g sugar

Innocent smoothie peaches and passion fruits, 180g carton, 22g sugar

Sainsbury's Red Leicester ploughmans sandwich, 11.4g sugar

Volvic Touch Of Fruit water summer fruits, 1.5l, 64.5g sugar

Vodka and cranberry juice, one glass, 30g sugar

Mary Berry's salad dressing, 235ml, 47g sugar

Heinz tomato ketchup, 460g, 91.2g sugar

Heinz cream of tomato soup, 400g, 19.2g sugar

Homepride tomato, garlic and chilli pasta bake sauce, 500g, 31g sugar

Mr Kipling country slices x 6, 72.6g sugar (1 slice 12.6g)

Ristorante pizza pepperoni-salame, 320g, 8.6g sugar

Princes peach slices in juices, 410g, 48g sugar

Jordans Frusli apple and cinnamon cereals bar, 30g, 10.8g sugar

Nutella hazelnut spread, 400g 225.2g sugar

Quaker Oat So Simple golden syrup porridge big pot, 76g, 21.9g sugar

Onken cherry fruit yogurt, 450g, 63g sugar

Sainsbury's Bramley apple sauce, 250g, 79.5g sugar

and cranberry one glass), 30g Branston pickle, 520g, 161.2g sugar

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