According to a survey from Public Health England (PHE), children in the UK are still consuming too much sugar. Progress has been made compared to the survey results from 2008-2010, showing that the overall consumption of sugar in children between the age of four and ten has dropped by 6 percent to 14g sugar a day. Many age groups are however still consuming around double the recommended amount of sugar, which according to the World Health Organization should be equivalent to roughly 5% of the daily energy intake.
“A healthy balanced diet is the foundation to good health. Eating 5 A Day and reducing our intake of calories, sugar, and saturated fat is what many of us need to do to reduce the risk of long term health problems”, said Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE when commenting the survey results.
The survey shows that for children, the main sources of free sugars are cereal (31%), cereal products (33%), fruit juice (22%), and soft drinks (21%). In the past decade, the consumption of sugar drinks among children in the UK has been cut back by almost a third.
“We welcome the news from the NDNS data showing sugar intake from soft drinks down 15 percent in four to 10-year-olds and 11 percent in 11 to 18-year-olds since 2012,” said Gavin Partington, British Soft Drinks Association Director-General in a statement to Food Ingredients 1st, and continued: “In 2015 soft drinks became the only category to set a 20 percent calorie reduction target by 2020 and we are well on course to achieving it.”
To see the data published by PHE, please visit: gov.uk