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Kids eat half their daily sugar allowance at breakfast

Kids eat half their daily sugar allowance at breakfast

According to a recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey of 200 parents, four to 10 year olds are consuming twice as much sugar as they should be, with half of their daily allowance already having been eaten before school!

Sugary cereals, juices and spreads are all helping to damage their health, with children eating more than 11 g of sugar (nearly three sugar cubes, on average) at breakfast alone!  Over a year, that’s over 1,000 cubes of sugar for breakfast, as a small bowl of breakfast cereal can contain around two cubes of sugar, while chocolate spread on toast having three cubes and that ‘healthy’ glass of fruit juice can contain up to five cubes!

Daily recommendations for children are:

• Age 2 – three cubes per day
• Age 3 – four cubes per day
• Age 4-6 – five cubes per day
• Age 7-10 – six cubes per day

Dr Alison Tedstone, the chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said “Children have far too much sugar and a lot of it is before their first lesson of the day.  It’s crucial for children to have a healthy breakfast, but we know the mornings in a busy household can be fraught.”  She is encouraging people to use the Be Food Smart App, which lets you scan barcodes to find out the sugar content of your meal.

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