The recommended maximum amount of sugar per day for adults is 90g and for children aged 4-6 is 19g -which is five teaspoons. Children aged 7-10 years is 24g – 6 teaspoons and children from 11 years 30g – 7 teaspoons.
One teaspoonful of cane sugar contains between 4 and 5 g of sugar.
As you may know it is the snacks and desserts we eat that contain the most sugar and carbohydrate in our diets. Biscuits, cakes, chocolates, sweets, fizzy drinks and fruit juice are all considered high in sugar whether they are made with syrups, ordinary cane sugar or concentrated fruit these all contain a high calorific value.
Nutritionists say we need to cut down on these “free” sugars. Sugar can lead to weight gain and tooth decay and I find it is also detrimental to some hyperactive children’s’ ability to study.
Instead of cakes pastries biscuits or sweets you could choose oatcakes, rice cakes and 75% less fat cream cheese, whole food peanut butter, vegetable sticks and dips made with quark, herbs and pesto or reduced fat cream cheese.
My Amazon Kindle ebook Izzy’s Easy 5 Minute Sugar Free Snacks by Elizabeth Harrap ia available on Amazon.co.uk ASIN: B07BBY131