As supermarket shelves fill up with festive pastries, FEMAIL reveals the mince pies that have nearly your ENTIRE daily allowance of sugar
- Consumer experts Money.co.uk looked at mince pies from UK supermarkets
- Iceland’s offering topped chart with 82 per cent of daily sugar and 250 calories
- Waitrose had least sugary mince pie on the market with 16g of sugar per pastry
With advent creeping upon us many people will soon be incorporating a daily mince pie into their diet as a winter treat at the end of a tough year.
Supermarket shelves have been stacked up with hundreds of varieties of the festive pastries, including traditional flavours and apple-based alternatives.
But indulging in the festive treat may wreak havoc with any healthy eating intentions, with some mince pies clocking in at more than 250 calories, the same as a small meal, with up to 24g of sugar, almost the maximum recommended amount for and adult in a day.
An investigation by consumer experts Money.co.uk has revealed that Brits indulge in 3405 calories worth of mince pies throughout the month of December; scoffing around 15 mince pies in the Christmas month.
Here, FEMAIL reveals which of the treats have the most sugar and calories if you’re planning to indulge.
Iceland’s luxury mince pies had the most sugar in – at almost 25g – while Tesco’s were the highest in calories, at 251 per pastry
HIGH STREET MINCE PIES: THE MOST TO LEAST SUGARY
Iceland Luxury All Butter Mince Pies held the highest amount of sugar (24.6g), according to the Money.co.uk study.
This is a whopping 82 per cent of the government recommended daily sugar consumption of 30g.
Close behind is ASDA’s Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies, followed by Tesco Finest Mince Pies.
More than half of supermarket branded pies list five teaspoons of sugar in their ingredients, equal to 71 per cent of the recommended daily allowance.
While their luxury mince pies came out on top, Iceland’s regular mince pies were one of the least sugary, with 17.4g of sugar per pie, the equivalent to three and a half cubes of sugar.
Meanwhile, the least sugary offering was Waitrose Shortcrust, which still had 16g of sugar, meaning eating two would push you over your daily recommended limit.
1. Iceland Luxury 6 All Butter Mince Pies 24.6g of sugar
2. ASDA Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies 24g of sugar
3. Tesco Finest Mince Pies 23.7g of sugar
4. Tesco Mince Pies 23.7g of sugar
5. Lidl Deluxe All Butter Classic Mince Pies 23.3g of sugar
5. Sainsbury’s All Butter Mince Pies, Taste the Difference 21.5g of sugar
6. M&S Collection 6 Mince Pies 19.8g of sugar
7. Waitrose No.1 All Butter Mince Pies 19.7g of sugar
8. Morrisons The Best Deep Filled Mince Pies 19.5g of sugar
9. Aldi Holly Lane 6 Deep Filled Mince Pies 19g of sugar
10. Aldi Specially Selected Classic Mince Pies 19g of sugar
11. Marks and Spencer’s Classic 19g of sugar
12. ASDA Mince Pies 19g of sugar
13. Morrisons Mince Pies 18.5g of sugar
14. Lidl Favorina 12 Mince Pies 17.9g of sugar
15. Iceland 6 Mince Pies 17.4g of sugar
16. Sainsbury’s Deep Filled Mince Pies 17.2g of sugar
17. Waitrose Christmas 6 Shortcrust Mince Pies 16g of sugar