Is your family addicted to sugar? Here’s how to break free….

It’s not news that we should all eat less sugar than we do, but what is quite shocking is that our children are eating their body weight in sugar each year.

British children are some of biggest consumers of sugar in Europe. A study by scientists at Birmingham University found that children are consuming an average of 75g of sugar a day (the equivalent of 19 teaspoons). That’s four times their recommended daily allowance. Small wonder that sugar has been singled out as the biggest contributing factor in the national obesity crisis.

It’s also blamed for a rise of nearly a quarter in the number of children under four having to have one or more of their milk teeth extracted. Sugar creates imbalances in energy that can contribute to erratic behaviour and mood changes and paves the way towards type 2 diabetes.

I’m not telling you this to scare you. Think of it as a wake-up call.

The white stuff is ubiquitous. It goes without saying that you’ll find it in sweets, cakes and cookies. However, you’ll also find it creeping into practically every type of processed foods (which is why you don’t realise you’re eating so much) – even some of the least likely. Whoever heard of sugar as an added ingredient to flavoured crisps?

In this handy guide, I’ll give you the lowdown on where to look to cut added sugar from your child’s diet as well as plenty of inspiration for alternative breakfasts and snacks – often where the sugary products can sneak in.