How Much Sugar Your Children Consume in a Day?

Kids love sugar, and sometimes too much! But as parents, we need to be more informed and empowered to make good decisions to reduce sugars in our children’s diets. It’s essential for us to take care of our diet, especially on the sugar intake per day. I personally think that it’s best to start them young, and keep your kids off added sugars as long as possible so the taste for sugars does not get in the way of them enjoying more nutritious foods such as vegetables and fruits. 
Do you know how much sugar your children consume in a day? I believe most of the parents can’t answer this simple question. There are many types of added sugar in foods and even milk too, hence it’s time for us parents to learn how to read labels.
Thanks to our Ministry of Health, all the foods in the market come with a clear ingredients list. However, the amount for most sugars fall under the carbohydrate amount hence making it difficult to differentiate between natural sugars and added sugars. As a rule, ingredients that are listed first are in the highest volume. So if you recognize added sugars in the first few lines of the ingredients list, alarm bells should go off! Added sugars come in many names which makes it trickier to identify them. Look out for brown sugar, corn syrup solid, dextrose, fructose, glucose, glucose syrup solid, maltose, maltodextrin, and white sugar. If you see any of these names in the label, it indicates that the product has added sugars.
When a kid has excessive added sugars per day, it will increase the likelihood of obesity, develop a sweet tooth which is hard to quit and increase risk of dental cavities. In fact, Malaysian Dietary Guidelines (MDG) for Children and Adolescents 2013 recommends that children who are 2 to 6 years old should have no more than 3 teaspoons of added sugars per day.

For more information on reading labels and identifying Added Sugar, please go to www.anmum.com.my/happenings/added-sugars


Both my 3 year-old and 7 year-old are still drinking growing up milk everyday hence I make sure their milk does not contain added sugars. Anmum Essential is a growing up milk with all the important nutrients, but no added sugars.

How do I gain my knowledge? I found a very interesting Curious Kid Video from Anmum Essential which I would love to share with you all.

As you see, if Adam can ask these questions, you can start asking too! Parents, let’s start reading food labels to make sure we only give the best nutrition without added sugars to our kids. As for me, I am certain that my daughters are getting enough nutrients for their growing needs, without added sugars!

11 comments:

Olivia said...

Thanks for this post. Very informative. I will take extra note for the food which I'm going to get for my son in future.

SinNee Ng said...

Great information! And i agree with you that added sugar can easily be forgotten by consumers because of its different names!

Blair Villanueva said...

Would too much sugar on milk will make the kids teeth damage easily?

~ Everest ~ said...

Actually sugar is in a lot of food we eat. The amount of sugar can be shocking and damaging to our bodies at the same time

PuiSan 33 said...

Although I dont drink milk, but it is so important to know whether it contains added sugar. Informative post! :D

Sharon Lee said...

I saw this ad video in youtube! And definitely, agree on what Adam has in mind =D Not only for kids, we should take note on our sugar intake too!!

Sunshine Kelly said...

Children love sugary food so have to control them before hitting the danger level.

Pen My Blog said...

Cheers to the share Rane, this is quite informative. In the meantime, sugar is one of those things that you have to have in moderation but it is always good to know how much of it you will be indulging in for the long run.

Ivy Kam said...

Too much sugar is not good for everyone, parents should really take note on this issue :)

Hanniz Envato said...

It's good to monitor sugar intake starting from young

Aliza Sara said...

Wow Rane! youre such a good parent. I should be monitoring my sugar intake too now. haha

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