18 News talent tries the Pancakes and Maple Syrup Peeps

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Earlier this week 18 News told viewers about several new peeps flavors coming out this Easter season.

Among the flavors making their debut was Pancake and Maple Syrup, something that caught all of our attention.

Lo and behold, the new Peeps were on store shelves that evening, so of course, we had to try them.

Watch our reactions and get a report from 18 News’ Health and Medical Reporter Samantha Lantz on what these springtime favorites contain beneath all the sugar.

The American Heart Association recommends “limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calorie allowance.”

Added sugar includes artificial sweeteners and any kind of sugar not originally in foods such as fruits.

That means women should not consume more than 100 calories from added sugars per day, and men should limit themselves to 150 calories from added sugars per day.

More than 99 percent of the ingredients of Pancake Peeps are sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin. Less than half a percent is artificial flavor and colors.

One Pancake Peep contains 12 percent of a person’s recommended daily added sugars. The box says that four peeps are considered one serving.

You can still enjoy your favorite sweets as spring (hopefully) arrives, but always know what you’re eating and ask a medical professional if you have questions.

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