Snickers Bites are popular miniature candy bars that are produced by Mars Wrigley Confectionery. Snickers Bites are the smallest size of Snickers bars sold, followed by Mini Snickers, Fun Sized Snickers and regular Snickers bars. These bite-sized Snickers bars are around 5 grams in size.
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Bite-Sized, Mini and Fun-Sized Snickers
According to the USDA, regular Snickers bars are around 2 ounces (57 grams) in size and have 280 calories. While these candy bars are very tasty, they're known for having quite a few calories and a lot of sugar. If you're interested in a sweet treat and still want to enjoy a Snickers bar's flavor, you can consume Bites, Minis or Fun Size Snickers instead.
Snickers Bites are very small, at around 5 grams per bar. A serving of Snickers Bites is consequently quite a few bars; the recommended serving size is 6 pieces (31 grams). Each serving of Snickers Bites has 140 calories, 19 grams of carbohydrates (16 grams are sugars), 3 grams of protein and 7 grams of fat (2.5 grams comes from saturated fat).
Mini Snickers are the next size up, at 9 grams per bar. A serving of Mini Snickers is about three bars (27 grams). Mini Snickers' calories are 130 calories per serving. Each serving also has 17 grams of carbohydrates (14 grams are sugars), 2 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat (2 grams comes from saturated fat).
Finally, Fun Size Snickers are around 17 grams per bar, and a serving size is just a single bar. Fun Size Snickers calories total at 80 calories per bar. The Fun Size Snickers' nutrition label says that each bar has 11 grams of carbohydrates (9 grams are sugars), 1 gram of protein and 3.5 grams of fat (1.5 grams comes from saturated fat).
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Consuming Added Sugars in Snickers
Snickers bars are a very tasty sweet snack. They aren't too high in calories — especially if you're eating smaller servings of Fun Size Snickers or Mini Snickers. However, all Snickers are very rich in sugar.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sugars are a type of carbohydrate. They can be found naturally in foods like fruits, or they can be added into products like candy, ice cream, yogurts and baked goods.
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It's OK to consume sugar in moderation. However, you should keep an eye on your added sugar consumption. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says that most Americans consume too much added sugar: about 22 teaspoons (88 grams), or 350 calories per day.
Ideally, the FDA recommends that you consume 10 percent or less of your calories from added sugars. If you consume 2,000 calories each day, this means that no more than 200 calories (48 grams) would come from sugar.
However, other institutions are stricter in their recommendations. For instance, the American Heart Association recommends that women consume a maximum of 100 calories (24 grams) per day from added sugars, while men can consume a maximum of 150 calories (36 grams) per day.
Technically, eating candy bars like Snickers occasionally is perfectly fine. However, be aware that most of the sugars in Snickers are added sugars. If you eat more than one Snickers bar or more than one serving size of Snickers Bites, Mini Snickers or Fun Size Snickers, you may exceed your recommended daily intake of added sugars.
Keep in mind that it's always better to consume natural sugars. Added sugars provide no nutritional benefits. In fact, excessive consumption of added sugars can make you gain weight and increase your likelihood of developing diseases like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- American Heart Association: "Added Sugars"
- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: "Added Sugar in the Diet"
- Food and Drug Administration: "Sugars"
- Mars Wrigley Confectionery: "Snickers® Original Bites Share Size"
- Mars Wrigley Confectionery: "Snickers® Original Minis Small Peg Pack"
- USDA: "Mars Snackfood US Snickers Bar"
- Mars Wrigley Confectionery: "Snickers® Original Fun Size Large Laydown Bag"