Children aged five are eating their own weight in sugar each year according to Public Health England.
Over the course of a year, a child aged between 4 and 10 will consume around 5,500 sugar cubes – or three and half stone (22 kg).
“Children are having too much sugar, 3 times the maximum recommended amount.” says Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist for Public Health England.
1 in 5 children aged 4 to 5 is overweight or obese and by the time they reach age 10 this increases to 1 in 3!
Change4Life has launched a new ‘Sugar Smart’ app, designed to help parents see how much sugar there is in ‘everyday food and drink’ by scanning the barcode of products and revealing the amount of total sugar it contains in cubes and grams.
Is this is step in the right direction?
Added sugars are a major health concern and kids eating their own weight in sugar is horrifying.
I’m not convinced that an app for scanning processed foods is the answer.
My fear is this will simply push families to buy ‘low sugar’ products, which sadly are often laden with chemical sweeteners instead.
Many of these sweeteners have been shown to RAISE the risk of obesity and diabetes by affecting how the body processes sugar.
Maybe I’m being thick, but what is the point of cutting sugar if it is replaced with something that is as bad (or potentially even worse) for our health?
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