How Much is Too Much?

Be Food Smart with Change4Life

January 3, 2018

Children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended amount of sugar. Too much sugar is bad for their health.  Surprisingly, half the sugar they consume comes from snacks and sugary drinks.

As a way to help reduce children’s sugar intake, Change4Life is launching a new campaign to help families choose healthier snacks. The campaign will help by introducing a new simple tip – ‘Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max’.

Sign up on the Change4Life website to receive money-off vouchers for healthier snacks and helpful tips and ideas.

Download the updated Change4Life ‘Food Scanner’ app (App Store or Google Play), which brings labels to life and shows you just what’s inside popular snacks.

Helpful tips:

  • Fresh or tinned fruit and vegetables are a healthier choice for a snack but if you want a packaged snack, the tip is: ‘Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max.’
  • You can often find calorie (kcal) information on the front of pack food labels. Use this label to go for greens and ambers, and cut down on snacks that show any red ‘traffic lights’.
  • Sugar between meals causes dental decay.
  • Watch the teeth! Dried fruit counts towards your 5 A Day, but can stick to teeth so should be only eaten at mealtimes to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
  • Remember that the guideline for fruit and vegetable juice and smoothies is for a maximum of 150ml a day. 150ml of fruit/veg juice or smoothie only counts as one of your 5 A Day.
  • Keep fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies to mealtimes to protect your teeth.
  • You don’t need to worry about the sugar in whole fruits and vegetables because this isn’t added sugar. Plus they contain vitamins and minerals, are a great source of fibre, and count towards kids 5 A Day.
  • You don’t need to worry about the sugar in plain milk or plain yoghurts as this isn’t added sugar.
  • Watch the salt – try not to replace sugary snacks with salty ones. Crisps are often high in salt.  If you really likes crisps, try reducing the number of times you have them each week and try swapping for homemade plain popcorn or plain rice cakes instead.


For more information please go to Change4Life.

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