Public Health England has launched a free app which tells you how much sugar is in your food and drink. The ‘sugar smart app’ scans the bar codes on food and reveals how many grams of sugar or how many sugar cubes it contains. The app works on more than 7,500 products that can be bought in supermarkets and shops.
The new app is part of a campaign to help parents reduce the amount of sugar their children eat and drink. Public Health England hope it will help combat tooth decay, obesity and type two diabetes.
According to Public Health England, children aged four to ten years are consuming 22 kg of added sugar a year. This is the equivalent of 5, 500 sugar cubes or more than the weight of the average five year old.
Public Health England recommend the following daily sugar limits for children:
- 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
The app can be downloaded free of charge from any app store.