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Kids are having over 2 times more sugar than they should!


Be sugar smart

Kids are getting half their sugar intake from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. 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, 2018

How sugar affects our kids

How sugar affects our kids

Too much sugar is bad for children's health as it can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see. This fat can cause weight gain and serious diseases like type 2 diabetes, which people are getting younger than ever before, and heart disease and some cancers. It can also lead to painful tooth decay and every 10 minutes, a child in England has a tooth removed in hospital.

How much is too much?

The maximum daily amounts of added sugar are:

* 1 cube = 4g sugar

What you need to know about...

How to cut down


There can be a lot of sugar in everyday food and drinks. Try our food smart 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.

Get the FREE Food Scanner app

Scan barcodes using the app to find out what's inside popular food and drink.


Food Scanner 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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