Did you know? Children are having over two times more sugar than they should!
Children in England are eating an extra 2,800 sugar cubes a year, which is more than double the recommended guidelines. That’s 8 cubes too many each day! Half of the sugar in our children’s diets comes from sugary drinks, sweets, biscuits, cakes, puddings, sugary breakfast cereals and higher-sugar yoghurts and puddings.
But it’s easy to cut back by swapping from higher- to lower-sugar products.
Too much sugar can cause weight gain and serious diseases
like type 2 diabetes, which people are getting younger than ever before, and heart disease and some cancers. It can also lead to painful tooth decay and every 10 minutes, a child in England has a tooth removed in hospital.
Your kids will copy you, so try to set a good example. If they see you shunning the sugar and drinking healthier drinks, they will too!
Did you know cake bars can have up to 3 sugar cubes? Keep them for special occasions, not for every day, and swap for fruited teacakes.You’ll find traffic light labels on most food and drink. These labels use red, amber and green colour coding to help us understand what’s
inside our food so we can make healthier choices when shopping.
Food labels, also called nutrition labels, show how much sugar, sat fat and salt are inside what we’re buying. Not all packaged food has traffic light labels, but calorie information must be included on the back of the pack.
What are calories?
These labels include information on energy in kilojoules (kJ) and kilocalories (kcal), referred to as calories. Calories are a measure of the amount of “energy” in food and drinks. Children should get most of their calories from their breakfast, lunch and evening meal, but if children are snacking regularly or are hungry between meals and are looking for a packaged snack, remember to stick to 100 calorie snacks, two a day max.
Frosted flakes, honey crunch cereal, chocolate cereal
Wheat biscuit cereal, shredded wholegrain cereal, porridge, no
added sugar museli
Cola, juice drinks, milkshakes, fizzy drinks
Water, lower-fat milks, sugar-free drinks, no
added sugar drinks
Split pot yoghurts,
Fromage frais pots, lower-sugar yoghurts, plain natural yoghurts
Cake bars, chocolate pudding pots, donuts, muffins
Sugar-free jelly, lower-sugar yoghurt, fresh or tinned fruit (in juice), lower-sugar rice pudding, lower-sugar custard