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Nutrition and Hydration Week 2015 – Sugars

sugarOur in-house Dietitian Ruth Smith, offers her advice on sugars in the second of this five part series for Nutrition and Hydration Week.

Recent national research shows that the majority of us eat too much sugar, almost 50% more than we should.

Why is too much sugar bad for our health?

Too much added sugar can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other health problems – let alone causing tooth decay and rotting your teeth.

How Much Should We Consume?

The Reference Intake (RI) or maximum recommended amount of sugar to be consumed each day is 90g.

What kind of food and drink tend to be high in sugar?

  • Biscuits
  • Cakes
  • Puddings
  • Sweets
  • Yoghurts and desserts
  • Soft drinks
  • Energy drinks
  • Chocolate – including Easter eggs

How can I tell if a food is high in sugar?

Since December, new labelling legislation has made former voluntary nutrition labelling mandatory for most food and drinks.  This means you can check the label to tell you how much sugar is in a serving or per 100g/ml and work it out.


High sugar foods contain more than 22.5g of sugar per 100g.

Low sugar foods contain less than 5g of sugar per 100g.


High sugar drinks contain more than 11.25g of sugar per 100ml.

Low sugar drinks contain less than 2.5g of sugar per 100ml.

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Disclaimer: This information is provided to promote healthy eating in the workplace for healthy individuals.  It is not intended for the use of anyone who is pregnant or has a medical condition.  For individual advice, please see your GP for referral to a Registered Dietitian (RD).


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