The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently issued new guidelines recommending we reduce the amount of added sugar in our diet.
The recommendations include:
- reducing the intake of free sugars throughout the life-course
- reducing the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake for both adults and children
WHO also suggests a further reduction of the intake of free sugars to below 5% of total energy intake as a conditional recommendation.
What does this actually mean? Generally, the recommendations for added sugars are:
Children <4 years of age
- 16 grams sugar (4 teaspoons)
Children 4-8 years of age
- 12 grams sugar (3 teaspoons)
Pre-teens and teenagers
- 20-32 grams sugar (5-8 teaspoons)
- 55-70 grams sugar (14-18 teaspoons)
A 375ml can of soft drink contains more than the daily allowance of added sugar for children and teenagers.
A 600ml bottle of soft drink contains more than the daily allowance of added sugar for most adults.
Tooth-friendly Food Options
- Cheese - not only rich in calcium, cheese also contains casein, a milk protein that helps protect tooth enamel.
- Plain milk
- Plain yoghurt
- Eggs - an eggs-cellent source of calcium and Vitamin D, essential for strong and healthy teeth.
- Carrots & celery - a healthy snack, and the extra chewing aids in keeping the teeth clean and helps produce saliva (which protects against tooth decay).