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Parents urged to download sugar app

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Public Health England is urging parents to download a new “sugar smart app” which could help keep track of how much sugar their children are consuming.

Research reveals that children aged between four and 10 consume around 5,000 sugar cubes in a year, which adds up to nearly 22kg.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist for Public Health England, Dr Alison Tedstone explains the risks of too much sugar in the diet. “Children are now consuming dangerously excessive amounts of sugar – currently three times the new maximum daily amount – putting them at risk of serious health problems.”

She explains that too much sugar can lead to weight gain, tooth decay and an increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes in adults.

Babi Chana, nutritionist at Pharma Nord says:  “We are a nation addicted to sugary snacks. Sugar is loaded into our foods, often even in savoury meals, so we don’t realise how much sugar we eat on a daily basis. Worse still, whilst we focus on limiting what we eat, we blindly feast on drinks loaded with sugar.

“Eating too much sugar can also leave us feeling exhausted, irritable and craving sugary and starchy foods for an energy boost. Regular snacking on sugary food and drinks plays havoc with our blood-sugar levels. If we miss meals, our blood sugar levels drop, causing all systems alert and alarming us to find a sugar fix

Doctors from the British Medical Association have also previously suggested implementing a sugar tax of 20% on sugary drinks to help subsidise fruits and vegetables.

The app is free to download on most smartphones.

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