Dental Health Week was held on 3-9 August and this year’s theme was ‘How Much Sugar Is Hiding In Your Trolley?”

Sugar not only causes completely preventable tooth decay and poor oral health but it can take a major toll on our overall health. It can affect our moods and concentration, lead to cause fatigue and weight gain and lead to other serious health conditions like Type 2 Diabetes.

The World Health Organisation encourages us to consume no more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of sugar daily. Yet do you know that one 600ml bottle of soft drink on average contains 16 teaspoons of sugar. That is over twice the recommended daily sugar intake for adults.

There also may be less obvious sources of sugar in your trolley. Some other names for sugar include:

Agave nectar, brown sugar, cane juice, cane sugar, castor sugar, coconut sugar, caramel, corn syrup, date sugar, dextrose, fructose fruit juice fruit juice concentrate glucose, golden syrup, high fructose corn syrup, honey, icing sugar malt syrup, maltodextrin, maltose, maple syrup, molasses palm sugar, raw sugar, rice malt saccharose, sucrose, syrup treacle.

Take a look next time to see how much sugar your family is consuming.