How to reduce your child’s sugar intake with these two simple parenting hacks

This is a sponsored post. If you look at the amount of sugar our kids eat; it is truly shocking as a parent. It is all too easy to ignore it as it happens over a long period of time.

If you are anything like us, you probably don’t really notice the odd biscuit here, and there, or the sugar content in the morning breakfast cereals. However – take a look at this:

THIS is the amount of sugar the average child eats over the recommended amount every year according to Change4Life and Soreen.

This table includes:

  • 210 cake bars,
  • 180 chocolate bars,
  • 50 cereal bars,
  • 310 biscuits,
  • 5 packets of biscuits, and
  • 100 sweets.

When you see 2,800 cubes of sugar like this – it is a bit more of a shock don’t you agree?

Change4Life recommends that each child has the following daily intake of sugar:

Official advice on daily sugar intake: sourced from Department of Health and Change for Life

Children under five need sugar and fats to help them grow, and develop.

For older children, the 2,800 more sugar cubes they are eating in a year equates to 54 extra cubes in a week! That is over an additional week’s sugar, every week – so two year’s allocation in a full year!

The reality is that it is easier to reduce sugar intake in our kids by helping to guide them into the right choices. There are a couple of simple parenting hacks that could change things a lot for your kids.

Two things that you can do TODAY to help is:

  1. Swap out sugary drinks for healthier alternatives, and
  2. Replace snacks and cakes in lunch boxes with lower sugar bars, and nibbles.

For example, swap your fizzy drinks, for a low sugar milk, or better still, water. Soreen recommend swapping a cake bar for one of their lunchbox loaves, which can reduce the calorie intake for your kids by 57%*.

Remember:

When we talk about reducing sugar we mean….

ADDED SUGAR

not the naturally occurring sugars in fruit. Added sugars are those that have been put in to products within the manufacturing process.

Sugar in fruit, for example, isn’t as worrying. THIS is natural sugar and is an important part of our kids diet. A little natural sugar from fruit and natural yoghurt helps to give kids the fibre they need. However, too much refined sugar, from cakes, sweets, and biscuits, gives them extra calories, without the additional nutritional value.

It’s a tough job as a parent – so these two simple hacks can help to make your life so much easier. Why not give them . go now?

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While you are here, why don’t you check out some of the other posts we have on the site including:

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Thanks as always for stopping by, and we hope to see you on our site again soon. We love having people come say hello.

Helen

*Children can potentially save 547 sugar cubes in a year by switching from cake bars or chocolate to Soreen Lunchbox Loaves. This is assuming that a child consumes one cake bar/chocolate bar every day in a year.

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8 Comments

  • It’s good to have a visual when it comes to sugar. I feel like sugar is in everything.. and it’s important to be aware of how much we are consuming. Thanks for sharing, this is a good reminder.

  • Oh my goodness, all that sugar is shocking, right? I think the whole keeping track of the sweet stuff works for adults too.

  • This is great information — I like the fact that you provide specifics about how much sugars kids are supposed to be eating. It’s difficult to keep up sometimes with how much sugar actually goes in their bodies so this is a great reminder!

  • I always pack granola bars and fruit bars instead of snack cakes for the kids. They’re tasty, and they’re so much better for them.

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