New advice warns children shouldn’t be given fizzy drinks as they contain ‘dangerous’ amounts of sugar.
The United Nation’s World Health Organisation recommends that children should only get 10% of their daily energy from sugar – equivalent to less than 6 teaspoons a day.
They also said children should avoid cans of fizzy drink such as Coke, which can contain 7 spoons of sugar in a single can.
Dr Francesco Branca, the WHO’s director of nutrition for health and development, says: “Consumption of a single serving of sugar-sweetened soda might actually exceed the limit of 10% of energy [from sugar] for a child.”
Branca adds that there’s evidence of a link between drinking lots of soft drinks and putting on weight, particularly in children. “This is an area where more intense action needs to be taken.”
According to the Guardian, studies show an increase in tooth decay in children who get more than 10% of their calories from sugar.
Currently, children in the UK get on average 15.2% of their calories from sugar.
Public Health England said it would “carefully look” at the recommendation to reduce this to less than 10%.
According to the Daily Mail, Labour suggested last night it would impose a maximum limit on sugar, fat and salt in products marketed at children.