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The pancakes, waffles and crepes that contain THREE TIMES more calories than a Big Mac

Dessert chains are selling pancakes, waffles and crepes that contain a staggering amount of calories, sugar and salt, an investigation has found.

Action on Sugar analysed 191 different items sold at popular restaurants, cafes and takeaways in shopping centres across London.

The campaign group found some of the desserts contained almost 20 teaspoons of sugar and nearly all of an adult’s recommended daily calorie intake.

It is now calling for the Government to enforce mandatory colour-coded nutrition and calorie labelling on menus and online. 

Results showed a Salted Caramel Banoffee Pancake from American-themed diner The Breakfast Club was packed with 1,800 calories. 

A Salted Caramel Banoffee Pancake from The Breakfast Club was packed with 1,800 calories, almost the entire recommended daily amount for a woman

A Salted Caramel Banoffee Pancake from The Breakfast Club was packed with 1,800 calories, almost the entire recommended daily amount for a woman

My Old Dutch¿s Four Cheese crepe was crammed with 1,620 calories and had more salt (8.5g) than three McDonalds¿ Big Macs

My Old Dutch’s Four Cheese crepe was crammed with 1,620 calories and had more salt (8.5g) than three McDonalds’ Big Macs

In comparison, a Big Mac from McDonald’s contains a third of that, at around 560 calories.

Official guidelines recommend men and women consume no more than 2,500 and 2,000 calories each day, respectively. 

The Breakfast Club, which has 17 diners in England – mainly in London, also topped the charts for sugar content. 

The chain’s Beauregarde Pancake contained 100g of sugar – or 25 teaspoons. For reference, a can of Coca Cola contains around 35g. 

NHS guidelines advise adults to consume no more than 30g of free sugars – added to food and drink – each day.  

Dessert chain My Old Dutch’s Four Cheese crepe was crammed full of 8.5g of salt, the most of any of the items analysed.

In comparison, a packet of Walkers’ salt and vinegar crisps has just 0.53g, meaning the crepe has the same amount of salt as around 16 packets.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends adults consume no more than a teaspoon of salt, or around 5g, each day.  

A Creams Waffle: Oreos on Mine with Gelato contained a whopping 19 teaspoons of sugar, more than two cans of Coca Cola.

Meanwhile a Mr Pretzels Chocolate Pretzel, often eaten as a snack when shopping, was packed with 930 calories – the same as eighteen KitKat fingers.

Action on Sugar found only 70 of the products provided full nutrition information either in store or online.

It analysed 35 of the products in a laboratory to work out how much sugar, salt and calories were truly in them.

Mr Pretzels Chocolate Pretzel, often eaten as a snack when shopping, was packed with 930 calories - the same as eighteen KitKat fingers

Mr Pretzels Chocolate Pretzel, often eaten as a snack when shopping, was packed with 930 calories – the same as eighteen KitKat fingers

A Creams Waffle: Oreos on Mine with Gelato contained a whopping 19 teaspoons of sugar, more than two cans of Coca Cola

A Creams Waffle: Oreos on Mine with Gelato contained a whopping 19 teaspoons of sugar, more than two cans of Coca Cola

As well as the aforementioned chains, items from chains such as Kaspa’s Desserts, Snowflakes Gelato and Wafflemeister were also scrutinised.    

Harvester, My Old Dutch, Crepeaffaire, Brewers Fayre, McDonald’s and Marks & Spencer Cafe provide nutrition information on their websites but not on the menus.

Experts say this means customers are not be able to easily make an informed decision on their food.

Registered nutritionist Dr Kawther Hashem said consumers were being left in the dark over how unhealthy eating out can be.

HOW MUCH SUGAR IS TOO MUCH?

The amount of sugar a person should eat in a day depends on how old they are.

Children aged four to six years old should be limited to a maximum of 19g per day.

Seven to 10-year-olds should have no more than 24g, and children aged 11 and over should have 30g or less. 

Meanwhile the NHS recommends adults have no more than 30g of free sugars a day.

Popular snacks contain a surprising amount of sugar and even a single can of Coca Cola (35g of sugar) or one Mars bar (33g) contains more than the maximum amount of sugar a child should have over a whole day.  

A bowl of Frosties contains 24g of sugar, meaning a 10-year-old who has Frosties for breakfast has probably reached their limit for the day before they even leave the house.  

Children who eat too much sugar risk damaging their teeth, putting on fat and becoming overweight, and getting type 2 diabetes which increases the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Source: NHS 

Dr Hasehm, campaign lead at Action on Sugar based at Queen Mary University of London, said: ‘It is absurd that supermarkets are forced to be as transparent as possible about what they put in their products, from allergens to calories, but when eating out we often have no idea what is in our food and drink.

‘If companies continue to hide their nutrition information, there is little hope for consumers to find the healthier options. The Health Minister, Matt Hancock MP needs to act now to resolve this unfair situation.’

Professor Graham MacGregor, an expert in cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London, called on the Government to clamp down on restaurants in shopping centres.

Professor MacGregor, who is also chairman of Action on Sugar, said: ‘Since some supermarkets make similar products that also sell well, there is no reason why we are not given better options when eating out.

‘Despite the Government’s childhood obesity strategy, food and drink stands in shopping malls and casual dining eateries are awash with unhealthy options.

‘The Out of Home sector is constantly pouring cold water on plans to do anything to improve our health.

‘We now need both Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care to enforce product reformulation so parents have affordable, healthy food options.’

The Breakfast Club, founder of The Breakfast Club Cafes, told MailOnline: ‘The Breakfast Club menu covers the full spectrum, from your every-day healthy dishes such as the avocado on rye bread through to the treats such as our pancakes and berries dish.

‘Most of the time, people tend to have our pancake dishes as sharing desserts with friends and I’m not sure it’s any surprise that a stack of pancakes with vanilla cream and fresh berries has a significant sugar content. 

‘We’d be delighted to work with ‘Action on Sugar’ in ways to make the appropriate changes, we’re big advocates of healthy eating and we’ve recently revamped our menu which has just gone 50 per cent vegetarian. For us the important thing is the customer has a choice.’

MailOnline has contacted My Old Dutch, Creams and Mr Pretzels for comment. 

THE AMOUNT OF CALORIES, SUGAR AND SALT IN DESSERTS ACROSS LONDON
Outlet Product Name Calories per serving (kcal) Sugar per serving (g) Teaspoons of sugar per serving Salt per serving (g)
The Breakfast Club Salted caramel banoffee pancake 1800 53 13 2.7
My old Dutch Four Cheese 1621 1.8 0 8.5
The Breakfast Club Pancakes & Berries 1500 44 11 1.8
My old Dutch Greek 1486 7 1.75 7.5
The Breakfast Club Beauregarde Pancake 1400 100 25 2.2
My old Dutch Banana, nuts & chocolate sauce 1307 88.3 22 2
My old Dutch Hot Dutch 1216 11.9 3 6.8
Creams Waffle: Oreos on mine with Gelato 1200 77 19 2.2
My old Dutch Ratatouille & creamed spinach 1190 7.4 2 4.5
My old Dutch Italian 1118 1.67 0.42 5.8
The Breakfast Club Blueberry & Granola waffle 1100 47 12 2.7
My old Dutch My old dutch 1098 1.67 0 5.8
My old Dutch Chilli Con Carne 1089 0.1 0 5.8
My old Dutch Vermeer Pancakes 1088 28.5 7 2
My old Dutch Seafood 1071 10.8 3 5.8
My old Dutch Chocolate sprinkles 1059 65.3 16 2.5
Crepeaffaire Reese Peanut Butter Pie 1018 41 10 0.6
My old Dutch Maple Syrup & butter 1017 31 8 2.5
My old Dutch Hawaiian 1008 8.6 2 5.5
My old Dutch Mediterranean 999 2.5 1 6.8
My old Dutch Asparagus 987 1.8 0 4.5
My old Dutch Chicken curry 955 8.8 2 4
KASPA’S DESSERTS Choco-tella spread waffle 950 73 18 1.8
My old Dutch Pear, Cinnamon 940 50.5 13 2
My old Dutch Peaches 938 50 13 2
Snowflake Gelato Nutella Crepe with Vanilla Gelato 930 64 16 0.7
Mr. Pretzels Chocolate 930 47 12 0.9
My old Dutch Compote of Berries 922 44.1 11 2
My old Dutch Fresh fruit salad 922 44.1 11 2
My old Dutch Apple Cinnamon 917 44.9 11 2
Crepeaffaire Oreo Cookie Opulence 903 51.5 13 0.8
Wafflemeister Cream & Cookies 900 44 11 1.1
Creams Waffle: Chocolate spreadology plus 1 with cream 880 48 12 1.9
My old Dutch Nutella 824 37.9 9 1.8
Mr. Pretzels Nutella 820 53 13 0.8
Creams Crepes: Milk chocolate wonder 800 37 9 1.5
Harvester Buttermilk Pancake & Bacon 795 78.4 20 6
Crepeaffaire Ultimate Nutella 788 52.7 13 0.2
Crepeaffaire Eggs Royale 777 1 0 4.1
My old Dutch Lamb stew 774 4.7 1 2.3
Crepeaffaire Eggs Benedict 772 1.6 0 3.8
Crepeaffaire Ferrero Rocher Extravagance 756 40 10 0.2
KASPA’S DESSERTS Oreocrunch waffle 750 43 11 1.1
My old Dutch Smoked Duck 739 17.5 4 1.8
Snowflake Gelato Banoffee Crepe with Vanilla Gelato 730 34 9 0.7
Creams Crepes: Banoffee 720 44 11 1.5
Crepeaffaire Eggs Florentine 703 1.2 0 1.8
Wafflemeister Waffle au chocolate 660 41 10 0.9
Creams Waffle: Mighty Maple 660 31 8 1.8
Harvester Buttermilk Pancake & fruit (breakfast) 623 92.1 23 1.7
Wafflemeister American: The Canadian 620 30 8 1.6
Auntie Anne’s Almond Crunch 590 23 6 1.1
Crepeaffaire The Londoner 569 1 0 2.7
Mr. Pretzels Vanilla 560 19 5 0.9
My old Dutch Sugar & Lemon 559 10.7 3 1.8
Crepeaffaire Vegan Cheeky Monkey 558 32.2 8 1.5
Wafflemeister Crepes: Nutella 550 28 7 0.4
Auntie Anne’s Vanilla 540 9.4 2 1.6
Crepeaffaire Mexican Chicken 538 4.9 1 1.1
Crepeaffaire Supervegan 537 2.25 1 2.45
Crepeaffaire All Day Breakfast 537 1.8 0 2.1
Crepeaffaire Ham, Cheese & Egg 528 1.5 0 3
Crepeaffaire Apple Crumble 520 36.4 9 0.3
Crepeaffaire Vegan Chocolate, Strawberries & Dreams 517 23.4 6 1.5
Crepeaffaire Vegan Chocolate Galette 510 21.8 5 1.5
Mr. Pretzels Salt 500 11 3 1.7
Brewers Fayre BELGIAN WAFFLE WITH COOKIE DOUGH ICE CREAM 497 38.9 10 1
Mr. Pretzels Toffee 490 28 7 0.8
Auntie Anne’s Cheese & Jalapeno 490 15 4 1.7
Wafflemeister Crepes: Banoffee 480 18 5 0.5
Mc Donald’s Pancake and Syrup 477 41 10 1.5
Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon 470 28 7 0.8
Brewers Fayre BELGIAN WAFFLE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM 468 35.4 9 0.9
Crepeaffaire Le Goate Deluxe 465 4.2 1 1.1
Crepeaffaire Ham Supreme 465 2.6 1 2.9
Crepeaffaire Chicken Supreme 457 3.6 1 1.1
Mr. Pretzels Cinnamon 450 23 6 0.7
Crepeaffaire Ham & Cheese 445 1.5 0 2.8
Auntie Anne’s Original 430 16 4 1.3
Crepeaffaire I’ll have what she’s having – Nutella 425 18.3 5 0.1
Auntie Anne’s Cheese 420 9.4 2 1.6
Crepeaffaire Pesto Mozarella 418 1.8 0 0.7
KASPA’S DESSERTS Canadian maple waffle 410 12 3 1.4
Creams Crepes: Pancake day 410 3.9 1 3.9
My old Dutch Middle Eastern 410 1.2 0 1.5
Crepeaffaire Maple Bacon 407 29.7 7 1.2
Crepeaffaire Bananalicious – Nutella 399 26 7 0
Crepeaffaire Superveg 392 1.9 0 0.8
Harvester Belgian waffle 390 19.3 5 0.9
KASPA’S DESSERTS Belgian milk chocolate crepe 370 23 6 0.6
Marks & Spencer Café Scotch Pancakes, Yoghurt & fresh berries 364 34 9 0.8
Crepeaffaire Mellow Yellow 351 17.7 4 0.2
Crepeaffaire Nutella 349 16.1 4 0
Crepeaffaire Belgian Chocolate 342 15.3 4 0.1
Crepeaffaire Cinnamon 341 15.7 4 0.2
My old Dutch Prawn & Rocket 340 0 0 3.3
KASPA’S DESSERTS Banoffee crepe 330 20 5 0.6
Crepeaffaire Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese 327 1.9 0 2.8
Wafflemeister Crepes: Cinnamon Club 300 6.5 2 0.4
My old Dutch Chicken Salsa 285 1.6 0 1.3
Burger King Mini Pancakes and syrup (6 pieces) 270 22 6 2.5
My old Dutch Tricolore 262 1.5 0 1.3
Brewers Fayre Pancakes 216 23 6 3.9
KASPA’S DESSERTS Traditional Crepe – sweet & simple 180 8.6 2 0.5
Harvester Buttermilk pancake 106 6.7 2 0.4
Wafflemeister Crepes: Lemon Zuzette NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Crepes: Strawberries and Chocolate NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Crepes: Brunch it NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Crepes: Ham & Cheese NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Crepes: Seasonal NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Crepes: New Yorker NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Crepes: Salmon please NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Crepes: The Club NP NP NP NP
Creams Crepes au Oreo NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepe Royale NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepes: Salted caramel with Banana NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepes: Chocolate and Strawberry indulgence NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepes: Chocolate spreadology plus 1 NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepes: Banana & Strawberry NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepes: banana Burrito Wraps NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepes au Bueno NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepes: Lotus Biscoff NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepes: White Chocolate Wonder NP NP NC NP
Creams Crepes: The Canadian NP NP NC NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Sizilianzest Lemon Crepe NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Belgian white chocolate NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Maple temptation crepe NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Straberry indulge crepe NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Caramel choc crepe NP NP NP NP
The Breakfast Club The All American Pancake Stacks NP NP NP NP
The Breakfast Club Pancakes & Bacon NP NP NP NP
Auntie Anne’s Cheese & Pepperoni NP NP NP NP
Auntie Anne’s Sesame NP NP NP NP
Mr. Pretzels Dogs NP NP NP NP
Mr. Pretzels Sesame NP NP NP NP
Snowflake Gelato Chocolate Waffle with milk chocolate sauce and vanilla Gelato NP NP NP NP
Snowflake Gelato Maple Berry Waffle with Vanilla Gelato NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American: Nutella Sandwich NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Waffle Classic Liege NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Go Bananas NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Marshmallow surprise NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Black and white NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Dream team NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Strawberry heaven NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American: Banoffee NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American: Strawberry mess NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American: All day breakfast NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American: Ham & Cheese NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American: Chicken Avocado NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American Salmon please NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American: Halloumi & Pesto NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American: Granola Breakfast NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister American: Tripple Chocolate NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Banoffee Waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Strawberry delight waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Strawberry butterscotch waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Strawberry indulge NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS The M&M waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS White choc indulgence waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Bueno Waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Wafflebrumble NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Peanutbutter choc waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS The Brownie Waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Nuts about choc waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Caramel Shortcake waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Strawberry shortcake waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Banoffee-tella waffle NP NP NP NP
KASPA’S DESSERTS Chocolate waffle NP NP NP NP
Wafflemeister Classic waffle NP NP NP NP
Creams Bubble Pop Waffles: Utterly nuts NP NP NC NP
Creams Bubble Pop Waffles sweet shop NP NP NC NP
Creams Bubble Pop Waffles: ultimate chocolate NP NP NC NP
Creams Bubble Pop Waffles: more oreo NP NP NC NP
Creams Bubble Pop Waffles: banoffle crunch NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffles: Mango Mania NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffles: Tiramisu NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffles: Waffle M&M NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffles: Strawberry fields NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffles of Bounty choc NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle: Oreos on mine with Gelato NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle: White choc blizzard NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle: Creams Royale NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle: White chocolate kiss NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle: Apple crumbled NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle: Chocolate fudge mess NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle: Chocoholic NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle: Nuttee Banoffee NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffles: Red Velvet NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffles: Lotus Biscoff NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle of Beueno NP NP NC NP
Creams Waffle: Strawberry choc indulgence NP NP NC NP
NP = NOT PROVIDED/NC = NOT CALCULATED

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