Session 3: Sugar Wise
Sugar is added to foods to make them sweet.
Be a sugar detective!
Investigate the hidden sugars in the food in your kitchen and in the shops.
What can you find that has green traffic lights for sugar?Have a look at the traffic light labels on packets and tins of food. Look out for the sugar traffic light. Green means low sugar and red means high sugar.
- This is healthier for you than the red.
- Why do you think food producers add sugar to their foods?
Yummy scrummy cakes can be just as delicious without sugar.
Here is a recipe to make this sugar-free banana cake for your family and friends. Why don’t you see if they can tell the difference?
Challenge for grown-ups
There is nothing wrong with a bit of sugar.
Lots of foods have sugar in them naturally, but many foods have sugar added to them. You just need to have the right amount and the right type in your diet.
Here are five facts about sugar in our foods:
- Foods high in sugars tend to be high in energy (measured in calories) and can lead to weight gain, obesity, and heart disease
- Any ingredients ending in “ose”, such as glucose, fructose, maltose, dextrose are sugars. This link shows you the many names of added sugars (opens in a new window)
- Fruit juices are higher in sugar than a piece of fruit because several fruits have been used to make a single glass
- This link shows how much sugar is in different foods (opens in a new window)
- Too many sugary foods and drinks can increase tooth decay as well as the chances of developing diabetes and some cancers
- Low fat doesn’t mean low sugar content so be a sugar detective when choosing low fat to ensure you aren’t having high sugar
Here is some additional information about detail on sugar in foods from the NHS (opens in a new window)