Is your snack craving out of control? From 4 Jelly Babies to 5 squares of Dairy Milk, the portions we SHOULD be eating

MOST of us love a snack, a packet of crisps here or a biscuit pick-me-up there, sometimes these tasty treats can help beat our hunger pangs.

But you can have too much of a good thing and experts say that most of us don't stick to the recommended portions when it comes to snacks.

According to a study by PoundToy, portion sizes are often way smaller than you think – for example, we're only supposed to eat FOUR jelly babies, but most of us happily munch through most of a pack.

And Cadbury say we should stop at just five squares of Dairy Milk – making those family-sized bars suddenly appear much more ominous.

If you do like to snack though, experts say you can do this – but that it's all about smart snacking.

Clinical nutritionist Suzie Sawyer at multivitamin supplement website told The Sun: "If you choose a snack high in sugar such as a cookie, you’ll be taking on excess calories and you’ll feel hungry again an hour later, plus they are very low in essential nutrients."

So have you been unknowingly chomping away on bigger portions than you should be?

Check out our handy guide to see much you should actually be eating…

Jelly Babies

Recommended serving: 4 sweets

Calories: 87 calories

Fat: Less than 0.1g

Sugar: 20g

Doritos Cool Original

Recommended serving: 30g (one small multi-pack bag or just over half a Grab Bag)

Calories: 149

Fat: 7.7g

Sugar: 0.8g

Asda Extra Special White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake

Recommended serving: 1/6th (small slice)

Calories: 312

Fat: 17g

Sugar: 24g

Kellogg's Cornflakes

Recommended serving: 30g (small bowl)

Calories: 113

Fat: 0.3g

Sugar: 2.4g


Recommended serving: 250ml (half a small bottle)

Calories: 105

Fat: 0g

Sugar: 27g

Cadbury Dairy Milk Fingers

Recommended serving: 4 fingers or 21g

Calories: 108

Fat: 5.7g

Sugar: 6g

Haribo Starmix

Recommended serving: 25g (around 7 sweets)

Calories: 86

Fat: Less than 0.1g

Sugar: 12g

Cadbury Twirl Bites

Recommended serving: 7 bites

Calories: 119

Fat: 6.5g

Sugar: 13g

Angel Cake

Recommended serving: 1/8th of a cake

Calories: 146

Fat: 6.2g

Sugar: 11g

Hula Hoops Big Hoops (50g bag)

Recommended serving: 25g (one small bag or half a Big Hoops bag)

Calories: 125

Fat: 6g

Sugar: Less than 0.5g

Cadbury Dairy Milk (200g bar)

Recommended serving: 5 chunks or 25g

Calories: 133

Fat: 7.6g

Sugar: 14g

Nestle Kit Kat

Recommended serving: 1x 4 finger bar

Calories: 208

Fat: 10.1g

Sugar: 20g

Snack bosses ‘need to cut tricks of the trade’

Nutritionist Amanda Ursell says:

"It’s packaging genius as far as manufacturers are concerned, to use ‘per portion’ nutrition labels because without doubt, at a quick glance, they frequently fool consumers into thinking the calories mentioned are for the whole pack and we are lulled into eating more than we need, as a result.

It’s only if you have the time, patience and good enough eye-sight, to read the small print, that you realise you have wolfed down three, four or sometimes even five ‘servings’ by eating the whole pack rather than the recommended portion.

I would like to see ‘per portion’ information clearly visible and very easy to interpret.

If the pack has three portions, manufacturers should leave us in absolutely no doubt that one third of this pack is a portion and that this has ‘X, Y or Z’ calories.

How can people take control of their calorie intake if ‘tricks of the trade’ like these continue?

It's hard enough to count calories, without this common pitfall there to catch us all out.”

KP Original Salted Peanuts

Recommended serving: 30g (around half a small bag)

Calories: 184

Fat: 15g

Sugar: 1.5g

Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup

Recommended serving: 1/2 a tin (200g)

Calories: 102

Fat: 4.3g

Sugar: 9.7g

Heinz Beanz

Recommended serving: 1/2 can (207g)

Calories: 162

Fat: 0.4g

Sugar: 9.8g

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