“Parents want to take their children for a treat, but they have no idea how much sugar some high-street restaurants are peddling at their children – it’s obscene,” says The Soil Association.
In its new ‘Out To Lunch’ report, The Soil Association highlights three leading high-street restaurants as “sugar villains” who are serving our children “obscene” amounts of sugar.
The Soil Association, which promotes organic farming and healthy eating, is naming and shaming the worst offenders. Who do you think they are?
The ‘Out to Lunch’ report names Pizza Hut as the worst “sugar villain”. The Soil Association says that a child having a fizzy drink, a free refill, and a single portion of ice cream with lemon crunch and milk chocolate beans – from the unlimited Ice Cream Factory – would consume the equivalent of about 44 teaspoons of sugar (and that is without them also having pizza!)
The recommended maximum amount of sugar a 10-year-old should consume in a day is 6 teaspoons. In other words, one meal at Pizza Hut is more than 7 times this amount!
Frankie and Benny’s was named as the second-worst sugar villain because of its unlimited soft drinks and the sweet desserts it promotes at the table. One secret diner said:
“The puddings were all sugar. The drinks were all sugar. The puddings were promoted on the table, like an ice-cream candy shop. I was on my own with three children. What do you think happened next?”
Nando’s was third and other “sugar villains” named include Pizza Express, Café Rouge and Zizzi.
The World Health Organisation recommends that we get just 5% of our daily calorie intake from sugar.
But the National Diet and Nutrition survey has found that sugar intake in the UK is much higher with adults getting 12.1% of their calories from sugar.
Teenagers are the worst offenders
Teenagers are the worst offenders with 11-18 year-olds obtaining 15.6% of their calorie intake from the sweet stuff.
Experts advise that cutting down on sugar can lower your chances of getting type-II diabetes, heart disease and other diseases linked with being overweight.
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