How Much Sugar are You Eating?

Like most well-meaning mothers, I try to shop sensibly for my husband Chris and our children, Rosie, four, and Felix, two. So when I was asked to work out our sugar consumption, based on a weekly shop, I didn’t think we’d have much cause for concern: we aren’t big on junk food and the children are young enough we are able to limit their intake. So it was staggering to discover that we were chomping through approximately 5lb of sugar a week. To put it another way, that’s the same amount of sugar as you find in 215 Krispy Kreme doughnuts. We wouldn’t eat that many in a decade!

Little wonder a quarter of adults and ten per cent of four-year-olds are now clinically obese, and almost half of eight-year-olds have signs of decay in their milk teeth.

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