Australia’s favourite Allen’s lollies, ranked healthiest to least healthy

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From Red Frogs to Killer Pythons and Strawberries & Cream, dietitian Melissa Meier ranks all the best-selling Allen’s lollies from healthiest to least healthy.

A handful of lollies has that wonderful ability to transport you back to your childhood. Deliciously sweet, full of fun and oh-so addictive – I’m sure you already know they’re definitely a resident of the ‘treat food’ basket.

That’s because they’re high in added sugar and not much else, meaning they don’t add a lot of nutritional quality to your diet. Plus, they have a high-GI, so your blood sugars will rapidly spike and crash – hello addictive sugar-rush cycle.

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My philosophy on foods like these (not just lollies, but chips, chocolate, ice cream… you get the picture) might actually surprise you, because I don’t think they need to be banished from your diet all together (and thank God for that). Instead, I believe that all foods fit in a truly healthy eating pattern, and it’s okay to wholeheartedly enjoy them occasionally and in moderation.

With this train of thought, I think it’s outright silly to try and decipher the “healthiest” [insert favourite food here]. After all, a lolly (or a cake, or a biscuit, or a pastry etc.) is just that, a lolly – and in no way, shape or form a healthy bite to eat.

Nonetheless, if you absolutely insist on analysing the nutrition information panel to see how different lolly varieties compare, my list below has got you covered. My criteria here was pretty simple: essentially, the less added sugar and saturated fat, the better. Note that I’ve compared the nutrition information per 100 grams – but obviously, that’s *a lot* of confectionary, and certainly not a sensible portion.

Australia’s favourite Allen’s lollies, ranked healthiest to least healthy

1. Allen’s Frogs Alive

Per 100g:

  • 1440kJ
  • 4.7g protein
  • less than 1g fat,
  • less than 1g sat fat
  • 79.4g carbs
  • 41g sugar
  • 105mg sodium

2. Allen’s Killer Pythons

Per 100g:

  • 1400kJ
  • 4.9g protein
  • less than 1g fat
  • less than 1g sat fat
  • 76.5g carbs
  • 43.7g sugar
  • 99mg sodium

3. Allen’s Snakes Alive

Per 100g:

  • 1410kJ
  • 4.6g protein
  • less than 1g fat
  • less than 1g sat fat
  • 77g carbs
  • 44.1g sugar
  • 99mg sodium

4. Allen’s Ripe Raspberries

Per 100g:

  • 1440kJ
  • 4.2g protein
  • less than 1g fat
  • less than 1g sat fat
  • 80g carbs
  • 44.1g sugar
  • 99mg sodium

5. Allen’s Strawberries & Cream

Per 100g:

  • 1460kJ
  • 3.5g protein
  • less than 1g fat
  • less than 1g sat fat
  • 82g carbs
  • 45.5g sugar
  • 100mg sodium

6. Allen’s Flavoured Milk Bottles

Per 100g:

  • 1450kJ
  • 3g protein
  • less than 1g fat
  • less than 1g sat fat
  • 81.9g carbs
  • 45.4g sugar
  • 105mg sodium

7. Allen’s Chicos

Per 100g:

  • 1440kJ
  • 1.2g protein
  • 1.1g fat
  • less than 1g sat fat
  • 80.1g carbs
  • 43.1g sugar
  • 255mg sodium

8. Allen’s Minties

Per 100g:

  • 1560kJ
  • 1.5g protein
  • less than 1g fat
  • less than 1g sat fat
  • 89.6g carbs
  • 54.3g sugar
  • 53mg sodium

9. Allen’s Jelly Beans

Per 100g:

  • 1560kJ
  • less than 1g protein
  • less than 1g fat
  • less than 1g sat fat
  • 91.7g carbs
  • 61g sugar
  • 58mg sodium

10. Allen’s Red Skins

Per 100g:

  • 1620kJ
  • less than 1g protein
  • 3.5g fat
  • 3.1g sat fat
  • 86.8g carbs
  • 55.7g sugar
  • 97mg sodium

11. Allen’s Milko Sticks

Per 100g:

  • 1660kJ
  • less than 1g protein
  • 3.7g fat
  • 3.1g sat fat
  • 88g carbs
  • 61.1g sugar

12. Allen’s Sherbies Sour Fizz Chews

Per 100g:

  • 1620kJ
  • less than 1g protein
  • 3.3g fat
  • 2.4g sat fat
  • 84.4g carbs
  • 57.4g sugar
  • 395mg sodium

13. Allen’s Kool Mints

Per 100g:

  • 1660kJ
  • less than 1g protein
  • 2.3g fat
  • 2g sat fat
  • 92.2g carbs
  • 69.3g sugar
  • 29mg sodium

14. Allen’s Kool Fruits

Per 100g:

  • 1670kJ
  • less than 1g protein
  • 2.3g fat
  • 2g sat fat
  • 92.2g carbs
  • 71.7g sugar
  • 93mg sodium

15. Allen’s Bites Mini Chocolate Raspberries

Per 100g:

  • 1900kJ
  • 6.4g protein
  • 19.2g fat
  • 11.5g sat fat
  • 62.4g carbs
  • 48.8g sugar
  • 52mg sodium

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