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Can we slow the sugar rush?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Can we slow the sugar rush?

By Team Welly 

Jamie’s Sugar Rush has certainly got the sugar debate going and this week the Budget’s sugar tax on fizzy drinks has made headlines. But as a parent of young children, how realistic is it really to cut sugar out of their diets? It certainly isn’t easy, and gets increasingly difficult as children get older. However there are some steps you can take to reduce sugar intake, and to get your child on board with the idea.

 

  • Cut out fizzy drinks altogher
  • Stopping your children drinking fizzy drinks is not impossible, and it is not going to make them the outcast at the next children’s party they go to. The dentist on Jamie’s programme said that no amount of preventative brushing could counter the effects of drinking a lot of fizzy drinks. They are also empty calories. So don’t have them. Don’t drink them yourselves, and don’t let the kids drink them. A hard job – but an easy win if you can do it.

     

  • Show the benefits of a balanced diet
  • Life is all about doing things in moderation, and food - sugar in particular - is no exception. Rather than turning sugar into the ‘forbidden fruit’ try explaining to your children the problems caused by sugar, introduce them to great alternatives and allow them to have sweets and treats in moderation. Do your best to encourage them to eat the best of the worst, then you are setting them up to make better decisions with their diet for the rest of their life.

     

  • Find out what is the best of the worst
  • Choose chocolate over sweets, popcorn over biscuits. Look at nutritional information on packets to help the choices you make. And check out the lists below we found on goodtoknow.co.uk about the best and worse sweets and biscuits for sugar. Quite an eye opener!

     

    Best to worst sweets

    1. The Natural Confectionary Company - Guzzle Puzzle ( best )

    2. Polos

    3. Lemon bon bons

    4. Starburst

    5. Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles

    6. Blackjacks

    7. Strawbs

    8. Cola cubes

    9. Cola bottles

    10. Marshmallows

    11. Liquorice Allsorts

    12. White chocolate mice

    13. Midget Gems

    14. Skittles

    15. M&S - Colin the Caterpillar (marshmallow version)

    16. Haribo Tangfastics

    17. Haribo starmix

    18. M&S Percy Pigs

    19. Maynards Wine gums ( worst )

     

    Best and worst biscuits

    1. McVitie's Rich Tea ( best )

    2. McVitie's Oaty HobNobs

    3. Digestive

    4. Malted Milk

    5. Ginger Nuts

    6. McVitie's Jaffa Cakes

    7. Maryland Chocolate Chip Cookies

    8. Fox's Crinkles Coconut

    9. Custard Creams

    10. Bourbon Creams

    11. McVitie's Chocolate Hobnobs

    12. Cadbury Chocolate Rich Tea

    13. McVitie's Milk Chocolate Digestives

    14. Fox's Viennese

    15. Jammy Dodgers

    16. Cadbury Crunchie Biscuits

    17. Fox's Crunch Creams

    18. All Butter Shortbread Fingers ( worst )