Too sweet children

Sugar-sweetened beverages are the greatest source of added sugar in the Australian diet.

The majority of our youth are having too much sugar in their ‘diet’.

That’s even when looking at the absolute lower limit of 10% of energy intake proposed by the WHO last year. If we take the recommendation 5% by the WHO, then it will be rare to find those children in the Australian community.

Reducing added sugars to less than 5% intake equates to about 6 teaspoons of sugar for adult males, 5 teaspoons for women and 2 to 3 teaspoons for children. That’s about a third of a cup of fruit juice or soft drink or 2 to 3 squares of chocolate.