“My mum says, ‘as a nation, research shows that we consume too much sugar, especially the hidden sugar in processed food’ so she has written a few practical tips to help all you mums and dads reduce the amount consumed by your children.
“PS – mum is a qualified Nutrition Consultant and Motivational Speaker with an MSc in Personalised Nutrition, so she knows a thing or two about sugar.”
How much sugar should I be consuming?
The new recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the scientific advisory committee on nutrition (SACN), suggest the following:
Children aged 4 to 6 years – 4.5 teaspoons per day (19 grams)
Children aged 7 to 10 years – 6 teaspoons per day (24 grams)
Adults & Children aged 11+ – 7.5 teaspoons per day (30 grams)
The sugars naturally present in milk, whole fruit and vegetables do not count against our recommended daily sugar allowance above.
Note: A typical can of soft drink can contain between 7 and 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is more than our recommended daily allowance.