Monday, 6 May 2013

How much sugar is too much?

6 out of 10 children and young people have too much sugar.
If you are between 11-15 years and eat healthy and varied and are physically active at least 60 minutes a day, there is room for a little sweets and drinks. See here what you must get on a week:

  • 1/2 liter soda or juice
  • 75 grams of mixed sweets
  • 35 gram chocolate
  • 80 grams of ice
  • 20 grams of popcorn
  • 20 gram cake

Max. 10% of the food's energy should come from sugar.
Eating too many sweet drinks can lead to being overweight
A high consumption of soda, candy, cake, ice cream, etc. increases the risk of unwanted weight gain. Particularly sugar sweetened beverages because liquid carbohydrates do not give the same saturation as solid carbohydrates from e.g. rye bread or potatoes.

Children and young people, who get more than 10% of their energy from sugar, eating generally more unhealthy than those who get less sugar. They eat less fruit and vegetables, brown bread, oatmeal and fish. The get, therefore, fewer of the nutrients the body needs to grow and develop optimally.

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