Good morning everyone! As Christmas time approaches, we see more and more sugar in our daily lives. You might be eating more desserts, more chocolates, and drinking more fizzy drinks…
Considering we know sugar isn’t any good for us, should we be eating it at all? Try to consider how your body feels about half and after eating something sugary (and I don’t mean fruit – I mean chocolates, cakes, biscuits etc!) – we have a big sugar ‘high’ then a ‘slump’ – where we start to feel a bit grumpy and feel like we need MORE sugar…it’s a never-ending cycle! 🙁
We say it’s fine to eat sugar, but in MODERATION. We’ve talked about moderation before – it means to enjoy eating something when you’re not in a rush, when you can really enjoy it, and not eating too much of it.
Wondering how much sugar you should eat in a day? We have the answer for you! Take a look at this post with your teacher and your parents, they will help you make sense of it:
You can download this poster to stick on the fridge at home: Sugar Portions
So how do we know how many teaspoons of sugar there are in the foods we eat? Follow these instructions:
- Take a look at the food label of the food you’re eating/drinking
- Look for two things: The portion size AND the amount of sugars
- This Ribena bottle is 500ml, but the adult portion size is just 250ml…I would imagine that if you have a Ribena bottle like this, you’d drink the whole bottle, right? Well, that’s two adult portions!
- The amount of sugar is only for one portion – 250ml. But there is 500ml in the bottle, so we need to double it to get the total amount of sugar in one bottle!
- That means, in one of these bottles, there is 50g of sugar.
- Every 4g = 1 teaspoon…which means there are just over 12 teaspoons of sugar in this one bottle of Ribena!!
Considering the advice is to eat no more than 7.5tsp of sugar a day, even for adults, we’ll go way over our daily amount if we drink a whole bottle of Ribena!!
Don’t forget, you could also be adding in other sugars elsewhere as well…in your yoghurts, your cereals, your snack-bars etc.
Spend a few minutes at home looking at the labels of the foods in your house, especially the sweet ones.
The Children’s Health Champions don’t think you should NEVER drink Ribena…but we say, why not have a small amount in a glass/cup if you’re going to have it?
Drinking a bottle of this on the way to school will make you feel great for about 10 minutes, then you’ll feel sleepy and it will be difficult to learn in class.
Why not SWAP the Ribena for some frozen berries in water…just take some frozen berries out of the freezer, put a handful in the bottle of your water bottle, then add water. After an hour or so, your water will turn the same colour as Ribena, and will taste similar, but won’t have so much sugar in, and you’ll be getting the natural vitamins and minerals from the berries!
Share your sugar investigations with a comment below…we’d love to hear what you find!
Have a great day everyone,
Nutrition Ninja 🙂