16 Dec Uncovered: Sugar in kid’s food
Uncovered: Sugar in kid’s food
Navigating sugar in your children’s diet can be a nightmare, as a practice of partners who are all mums, we totally empathise with balancing health, nutrition, treats and dental health. so, we decided to uncover what sugar there really is our favoured kids’ food and drinks – we were a little shocked, to be honest.
The first thing we noticed is that the RDA ( recommended daily allowance) percentage labelled on the packets was too often that of an adult. On a food specifically targeted to children? So watch out and check out the RDA %!
Check the RDA % - it's usually based on an adult's recommended daily allowance!
|24g – Age – 7-10||30g|
|Snacks & Sweets|
|Bear Yoyos 1 roll||4||21||17||13|
|Blueberry Mini Muffin 1 muffin||9||49||39||31|
|Soreen Lunch Loaf 1 loaf||5||27||21||17|
|Kellogs Fruit Winders 1 roll||6||33||26||21|
|Sunny Raisins 42.5g||30||155||123||98|
|Milky Way Fun Size 21.5g||13||70||55||44|
|Magic Stars 33g||17||89||71||57|
|Milky Bar Buttons 30g||18||94||74||59|
|Dairy Milk Buttons 30g||17||88||70||56|
|Dried banana chips 125g (unsweetened)||19||100||79||63|
|Rowntree’s Randoms 1 serving (6 sweets)||14||72||57||46|
|Haribo Starmix 1 serving (7 sweets)||12||62||49||39|
|Ella’s Kitchen Squished Smoothie Fruits 1 carton (90g)||14||72||57||45|
|Jordans Chunky Nuts 30g||7||35||28||22|
|Curiously Cinnamon 30g||7||38||30||24|
|Honey Monster Puffs 30g||9||47||38||30|
|Golden Nuggets 30g||8||41||33||26|
|Coco Pops 30g||5||26||21||17|
|innocent Kids Apple Juice 1 carton (180ml)||16||84||67||53|
|Tropicana Orange Juice (150ml)||13||68||54||43|
|innocent Kids smoothie Strawberry, Apple & Beetroot 1 carton (180ml)||16||84||67||53|
|The Collective Kids Yoghurt Suckies 1 carton (Strawberry 100g)||8||39||31||25|
|Capri Sun Orange (200ml)||10||52||41||33|
We’ve known for a while that the single biggest cause for children being admitted to hospital is to have rotten teeth removed. It’s a major cause of health inequality.
As parents, we want the best for our kids and this information isn’t here to ‘scare-monger’. It is our intention to give you the knowledge you need to protect your kids’ teeth and to teach them eating habits that will stay with them for a lifetime. We recommend no more than 1 or 2 free sugar hits a day. Plaque begins to build up on teeth only 20 minutes after we begin eating and if it is not removed effectively, tooth decay starts. The risk of tooth decay is higher with high sugar foods. We advise your sugary treats are served at mealtimes, this will decrease the number of times your kids’ teeth have to battle tooth decay.
Oral hygiene habits
- See your dentist regularly
- Visit the hygienist
- Brush 2x daily for 2mins
- Eat sugary foods at mealtimes
- Have yoghurt with fruit
- Stay hydrated
Low sugar snacks
- Cheese string
- Dairylea triangles
- Pitta bread
- Natural nut-butters
- Popcorn (not the kind covered in sugar & toffee)
For 50 great low sugar snack ideas head to Super Healthy Kids.