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Sugar

Kids are having nearly three times more sugar than they should!

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Be sugar smart

Kids are getting half their sugar intake from soft drinks and unhealthy snacks, like cakes and biscuits. It's time for some food smart choices!

Kids are getting a lot of their sugar from...

* Data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, 2016

How sugar affects our kids

How sugar affects our kids

Too much sugar can lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see. This fat around vital organs can cause weight gain and serious diseases in the future like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Having too much sugar can also cause tooth decay.

How much is too much?

The maximum daily amounts of added sugar are:

* 1 cube = 4g sugar

What you need to know about...

Swaps and tips

There can be a lot of sugar in everyday food and drinks. Try our food smart swaps and tips to help you cut back!

Easy ways to cut back

Shop smart

Shop smart

At the supermarket, look out for sugar-free and lower-sugar versions of your family favourites.

Be Food Smart at the shops

Scan barcodes using the app to find out how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in food and drink. Simple!

   

Be Food Smart app

If you don't have the app...

Some food labels have traffic light coloured labels to show the sugar content. Choose more greens and ambers, and fewer reds.

Food label

Red means this food is HIGH in sugar. Think about how often you choose it and how much of it you eat.

Amber means this food has a MEDIUM amount of sugar. This makes it an OK choice, although going for green is even better.

Green means it's LOW in sugar, which makes it a healthier choice.

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Be Food Smart app

Be Food Smart wherever you are

Our FREE Be Food Smart app is here to help.
Download and start scanning!

   

The nutrient data provided in the app is supplied by Brandbank and FoodSwitch