The consumption of sugar is a current hot topic. When we saw this video by Dan Sweeney Health and Fitness we were shocked as it shows so clearly how you can inadvertently be giving your child too much sugar! Watch his video “Are You Overdosing Your Kids on Sugar”? and see what you think!
We researched how much sugar per day your child should eat recently and were surprised at how easily the sugar can add up. But when you watch this video by Dan, a nutritionist and personal trainer passionate about creating a better future through healthy eating, well if a picture says a thousand words then a video says a million for sure.
(the video was created by Epic Productions Ireland)
The average five-year-old consumes the equivalent of their body weight in sugar in the course of a year – with obesity, diabetes and cavities being the most obvious of the resultant issues.
A new World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to 5% of our total dietary energy intake. This applies to all age groups from two years upwards. This halves the old recommendations, which used to advise 10%. In real terms, this means:
- maximum of 19g a day for children aged four to six
- maximum of 24g a day for seven to 10-year-olds
- maximum of 30g a day for children from aged 11 and adults
Too much sugar can lead to obesity, tooth problems, heart disease, and unhealthy eating habits.
Over to you now! What did you think of the video? tell us in the comments below