Rethink your Drink
Do you know how much sugar is in these popular soft drinks?
Too much sugar in our diets can cause significant health harms – from tooth decay to an increased risk of diabetes, weight gain and even some cancers.
Just one carton of a popular juice drink contains more sugar than the daily recommended amount for a 7 year old.
Change 4 Life found that four-to-10 year olds consume an estimated 5,500 sugar cubes a year (22kg), weighing the same as an average five-year-old.
It also found that on average, children in England are consuming three times more sugar than the maximum recommended daily amount. They might seem fine on the outside but too much sugar can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can’t see. This fat around their vital organs can cause serious diseases in the future such as heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes.
The recommended daily maximum added sugar intake is:
- 19g, that’s five sugar cubes for four to six-year-olds
- 24g, that’s six sugar cubes for seven to ten-year-olds
- 30g, that’s seven sugar cubes for 11-year-olds and older
1 cube = 4 grams
Make the change today
Swap your sugary drinks for plain water, low fat milk or sugar free drinks instead and try to limit the amounts of these drinks for your children.
You could also download the Change 4 Life Sugar Smart app which helps you see how much sugar there is in everyday food and drink. The free app works by scanning the barcode of products and revealing the amount of total sugar it contains in cubes and grams.
Search ‘Change 4 Life’ for more free tips and support to help you and your family make the change today.