Are you aware of the hidden sugars in your child’s food and drinks?

Sugar is the biggest enemy of teeth, causing tooth decay, pain and early loss of children s teeth.

If we mention sugar you instantly think of the white stuff that gets put on cereal, added to drinks or put into biscuits and cakes. When it comes to sweets we all know that most sweets contain sugar and  that they are bad for your teeth, not to mention the calories and links to obesity.

What we don’t often consider though is the hidden sugars in food or the ‘natural’ sugars which are contained in fruit which can do just as much damage to children s teeth.

We are aware that there are mixed messages when it comes to what is healthy for your child’s teeth, and what is portrayed as healthy, so have put together this quick blog on sugar to help you and your children think about sugar, have some fun doing it and make informed choices on the food they eat.

Let’s start with the humble sugar cube, which weighs in at 4 grams and feeds the bacteria on our teeth superbly, causing lots of tooth decay if we eat too much.

We all know what a sugar cube is and when we go into schools to teach children about their teeth it’s what we use to measure the sugar in food and help them visualise the sugar content.

Interestingly Public Health England have designed a scheme called Change4life to help tackle obesity. It recommends amounts of ‘sugar’ represented by sugar cubes depending on your childs age group. So how much should they be consuming each day and how much do you think are in the following foods, have a guess and see if you’re right.

How many cubes of sugar do you think are in the following foods? Have a guess and then hover over each food to find out!

Rice Cakes

Good Choice

Great choice, there is no sugar in plain rice cakes.

A Bananna

A Handful of Raisins

A Chocolate Digestive Biscuit

An Apple

A Small Processed Cheese

Good Choice

That's a great choice as this has no sugar in it. In fact cheese is a really good food as it contains calcium and helps to neutralize acid on the teeth.

So you’ve had a guess and found out the true numbers. If you were spot on well done, but don’t worry if you were not as it comes as a surprise to many people how much sugar is in fruit or even dried raisins. Whilst it’s natural sugar it’s still sugar !  So now you’ve had a go why not look at some food labels and work out with your children how much sugar is in some of the common foods you eat.

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