01 January 2019
Make a swap when you shop

We started the New Year with the news that children in England have already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18 year old by the time they reach their tenth birthday, a figure based on their total sugar consumption from the age of two.

This shocking fact was announced as the NHS’s Change4Life – the national campaign that provides practical advice to families about choosing healthier foods and drinks – launched a new drive to help families to cut back on sugar.

The daily recommended sugar intake for children aged 4 to 10 years is 5-6 sugar cubes. The new research has found that they are consuming around 8 excess sugar lumps a day.

To help parents manage this, Change4Life is encouraging them to ‘Make a swap when you next shop’. Simple, everyday swaps can reduce children’s sugar intake from some products (yoghurts, drinks and breakfast cereals) by half – while giving them healthier versions of the foods and drinks they enjoy.

The Oral Health Foundation are backing the campaign, releasing a statement which said: “Making simple, everyday swaps and reducing the amount of sugar children are having on a regular basis will provide several long-term benefits to their oral health and lower the risk of childhood obesity and diabetes in later life.”

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children and teenagers, despite being preventable.

Visit www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/sugar/sugar-swaps-for-kids for information on how to avoid too much sugar.

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