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Sugar Smart app - from PHE

Sugar Smart app - from PHE

Public Health England have released a free app which tells you the sugar content of food and drink. The app works by scanning barcodes and revealing total sugar in cubes or grams.

It is hoped it will help combat tooth decay, obesity and type two diabetes and encourage people to choose healthier alternatives.

PHE says young children are eating three times more than the sugar limit. The new Change4Life advertising campaign, which includes the sugar app, suggests that on average children aged four to ten years old are consuming 22kg of added sugar a year.
That's about 5,500 sugar cubes - more than the weight of an average five-year-old child.
The app has been developed to raise awareness of how much sugar is contained in everyday food and drink.
It works on more than 75,000 products, offering a quick guide to help parents to assess potential purchases that may harm their children's health.

Daily recommended sugar limits
Four to six year olds - five sugar cubes or 19g
Seven to ten year olds - six sugar cubes or 24g
11 year olds and above - seven sugar cubes or 30g

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