Sugar: the lowdown

sugar smart

Beware of the sugar content when buying snacks for your kids. “Remember that 4g of sugar is equivalent to one teaspoon so try to think about whether you would really want your child to consume two, three or four teaspoons of sugar in one small snack,” says Sam. A typical eight-year-old shouldn’t have more than six cubes of added sugar per day. For instance, a four-finger Kitkat has almost six spoons of sugar! Look for snacks without refined sugar or go for bars like Nak’d, which are sweetened by dried fruit, which contains fibre and slows the release of sugar into the blood stream. Personally I love the new Sugar Smart app. It's simple to use. Just scan the barcode of your favourite food or drink and it pops up with how many sugar cubes it contains. My kids were shocked at how many sugar cubes were in a packet of their favourite biscuits …