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UK: 10-year-olds consume more sugar than amount recommended for 18-year-olds

Children up to the age of 10 in the UK are consuming sugar in amounts above what is recommended; in fact, it is reckoned that the amount the children consume is higher than that recommended for 18-year-olds.

Children are consuming sugar in amounts well above the limit, which is fixed at 30 grams.

Public Health England states that taxes should be introduced for companies not reducing the level of sugar in their products.

The organisation is urging families to reduce children’s sugar intake in order to prevent obesity, tooth decay and illness. It stresses that when one consumes food and drink with a lower sugar content, one is making a big difference to one’s health. Public Health England suggests that children in the 4 to 6 age group should not exceed 19 grams of sugar daily, children from 7 to 10 should be limited to 24 grams, and children over the age of 11 should not exceed 30 grams. Children in the UK, however, are consuming some 52 grams of sugar every day.

Half of the children’s sugar intake comes from drink, sweets, cereals and yoghurts. Parents can therefore choose yoghurts with less sugar content, reduce drinks with sugar, and give cereals with less sugar.



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