The minimum amount
Consuming sugar in moderation does not affect your child’s health much. However, excessive intake of the sweet stuff can have a number of health risks. Sugar contains empty calories with no essential nutrients and eating too much of it can lead to weight gain, increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It is also responsible for tooth decay, which is very common in kids these days.
As per Public Health England (PHE), the amount of sugar to be consumed by children depends on their age.
4-6 years: 19 grams or 5 teaspoons per day
7-10 years: 24 grams or 6 teaspoons per day
11 years old and above: 30 grams or seven teaspoons per day
What to do:
It is not that easy to stop your child from consuming sugar. But by following a few simple steps you can limit their intake. You can simply swap the sugary stuff with the ones containing fewer calories. Here is what you can do:
– Instead of a fizzy drink, give your child fresh fruit juice and water.
– Before buying a product, check for its nutrition level. Avoid food that contains more amount of sugar.
– Swap high sugar breakfast like cereals, cornflakes, with plain yogurt and toast.