Children in England are having an extra 2,800 sugar cubes a year, more than double the recommended guidelines. That’s 8 sugar cubes too many each day, 56 too many each week and around 2,800 too many every year. That’s equivalent to 312 cans of sugary cola each year or 469 higher-sugar yoghurts or 562 chocolate bars.
Too much sugar is bad for children’s health as it can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can’t see. This fat 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. Too much sugar can also cause painful tooth decay and every 10 minutes, a child (in England) has a tooth removed in hospital.
Sugary drinks, confectionery, biscuits, cakes, desserts, higher-sugar breakfast cereals and higher-sugar yoghurts are all contributing to too much sugar in our children’s diets. Just one or two everyday swaps can really make a difference to how much sugar your child is getting. For example
- Simply swapping from a higher-sugar yoghurt (like a split-pot yoghurt) to a lower sugar yoghurt can halve the sugar your child gets from yoghurts
- Cut out 50 cubes of sugar by swapping from a higher-sugar box of cereal to a low-sugar cereal one
- Cut out over half the sugar your child is getting from drinks by swapping from a higher-sugar juice drink to a no added sugar drink
So make a swap when you next shop. Download the free Change4Life Food Scanner app and look out for the ‘good choice’ badge in-store. Sign up to Change4Life today for great prizes, easy tips and meal ideas. Simply search Change4Life.