Reduce sugar in school puddings

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The NHS Recommended Daily Allowance of sugar for 4-6 year olds is 19 grams per day. Primary school children are currently offered puddings every day, many high in added sugar. Some desserts contain nearly a entire days recommended allowance in one portion. For example, jelly and a biscuit contains 17 grams of sugar (it used to be 20 grams!) That’s equivalent to 4 teaspoons of sugar in one portion! The Children's Food Trust recommends that a school dinner should not contain no more than a total of 6.5 grams of sugar. 

You don't have to look very far to see the evidence showing the effects of excess sugar. According to the UK government website, a third of children leave primary school overweight or obese. There are also many other adverse effects of sugar which growing children are most vulnerable to. We have the option to do something about it.

We live in a great town with a strong community spirit. With a collective effort between parents, schools and Herts Catering, we can make a positive change for our kids. We are asking Herts Catering to reduce the sugar levels in all their puddings and desserts to 6.5 grams or below, as recommended by The Children’s Food Trust. Caterlink, a caterer in the aisle of Wight, has already done this and proved it can be successful in schools.

This is a small but important step in protecting the health of our children. Please sign and share the petition!

 



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