Children consume 50% of recommended sugar intake at breakfast
Public Health England (PHE) has claimed that children consume half their daily recommended sugar intake at breakfast.
According to www.gov.uk, on average children are consuming almost three sugar cubes (11g) at breakfast. The recommended daily sugar intake for four to six-year-olds is five sugar cubes, with six sugar cubes being the recommended daily intake for seven to ten-year-olds.
PHE’s research has revealed that children are consuming more than three times their recommended daily intake by the end of the day. This high sugar intake can lead to future health problems, such as tooth decay, diabetes, and heart disease.
“Children have far too much sugar, and a lot of it is before their first lesson of the day,” Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist for Public Health England, said.
“It’s crucial for children to have a healthy breakfast, but we know the mornings in a busy household can be fraught.”
Parents are also unaware that the breakfast isn’t a healthy option for their children, the survey found. 84% of parents thought the breakfast they were providing for their children was healthy, despite it containing 11g or more of sugar.
The main sources for sugar at breakfast came from sugary cereals, drinks, and spreads.
“When analysing a number of breakfasts from families across England, we were concerned to see the high amount of free sugars and low amount of fibre in many of these,” Sara Stanner, science director at the British Nutrition Foundation, said.
“We know a healthy breakfast can make an important contribution to children’s vitamin and mineral intakes and its consumption has been linked to many positive health outcomes,” she continued. ‘There are plenty of healthier options available so we need campaigns like Change4life to help busy parents make the right choices for their families.”
The Change4life campaign has been made to help educate parents on healthy meals, and let children take more control of their diets.