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Jawbreakers Calories

author image Melodie Anne
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.
Jawbreakers Calories
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Those mini jawbreakers aren’t as innocent as they appear. Three of them provide as much as 60 to 70 total calories. This portion of jawbreakers gives you 15 to 17 grams of carbs -- all from sugar. If you have a jumbo jawbreaker, you’ll get roughly 130 calories and 30 grams of sugar from just one candy. Because there are 4 calories per 1 gram of sugar, you're getting 120 calories from sugar in that jumbo jawbreaker.

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The American Heart Association suggests that women have no more than 100 calories from added sugar daily, which is equivalent to about 6 teaspoons, or 25 grams, while men should have no more than 150 calories daily from added sugar, or about 9 teaspoons, which is equivalent to 38 grams. Three mini jawbreakers account for 40 to 60 percent of the AHA's recommendation. If you eat a bigger jawbreaker, it accounts for 80 percent of what the AHA recommends. Keep in mind that while it's okay to indulge in sugary treats occasionally, you should keep tabs on your sugar intake to avoid overindulgence.

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