The sugar tax and sugary drinks

The sugar tax and sugary drinks

On 6th April 2018 the new sugar tax came in to force, meaning manufacturers have to pay a levy on the high-sugar drinks they sell.  Drinks with more than 8g per 100ml will have a tax rate equivalent to 24p per litre.  Those containing 5-8g of sugar per 100ml, a slightly lower rate of tax, of 18p per litre.   In many cases the tax has been passed on to the consumer.

Pure fruit juices will be exempt as they do not carry added sugar, and milky drinks will also be exempt due to their calcium content.

Ministers and campaigners already believe it to be a success, with many firms reducing sugar content ahead of the change. Leading brands such as Fanta, Ribena and Lucozade have cut the sugar content of drinks, but Coca-Cola has not.

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Yesterday was also a busy day for me with filming for Notts TV about less sugary cereal alternatives, an Interview with BBC Radio Nottingham’s Verity Cowley and a couple of mentions on Gem106 fm evening news

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Firstly Notts TV

Sugary cereals are a big concern as many of us choose this option as our go to breakfast, some children can consume near 3 teaspoons of added sugar before they even leave the house in the morning

Two short 20 second clips from Gem 106

And this is the last of my media clips: a 6 minute chat with Verity Cowley on her BBC Radio Nottingham show

 

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Whether you restrict your sugar intake or switch to artificial sweeteners the best advice I can give you is to educate your pallet to expect less sweet food.

Childhood obesity amongst poorer families

Childhood obesity amongst poorer families – should we be concerned?

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

 

As a nutrition coach I have noticed that sugar smart 4more of my clients are concerned about the weight issues affecting their whole family, including the children.  It seems that some parents are really worried and don’t know what to do.

 

Not only are parents worried but Government organisations are too.  Public Health England (PHE) this week said that children from poorer backgrounds are more likely to be obese than their weather classmates. Traditionally, poverty has been associated with malnutrition and thinnness

PHE found that overweight and obese children are eating an extra 500 calories a day, that could lead to a 1lb or ½ a kilo weight gain a week

The issue of obese children has also come to the attention of Notts TV.  They came to interview me a few years ago.  Here’s a short clip of the interview that was later aired on ‘The 6.30 show’

 

So why do we have this potential epidemic? 

I don’t believe there is one simple issue or factor, I think it is a combination of the following (and probably more):

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  • Lack of knowledge and education about healthy eating.
  • The availability of food (on the way to school, at school, after school, at the weekend, in the cinema etc),
  • Too much sugary and processed food
  • Lack of exercise and activity
  • Overweight parent(s)

 

 

This week I was also taking to Gem106 radio about why this trend is happening

People’s perception could be that fresh vegetables and fruit are expensive, but that isn’t necessarily the case

If you have concerns about your child’s weight what should you do?

  • First get their BMI etc confirmed by your GP or from the National Childs Measurement Programme data
  • Get support from the GP or a support group
  • Look at portion controlkids portion size
  • Encourage your child, tell them they are great, boost their confidence
  • Don’t make it all about weight loss
  • Find fun family things to do that encourage activity (and burns calories)
  • Get cooking together, include more veggies and fruit
  • Make sure they are well hydrated as thirst is often mistaken for hunger.  Water or milk is the preferred drink
  • Regain your motivation for home cooking- as a trained chef I can help you get back your cooking confidence with my vegan cooking classes, in West Bridgford.  These take place during the day and early evening

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Phone to book your place 07946 301338

  • Exercise can be as important as diet.  To lose weight effectively and to maintain a healthy weight it is always best to both eat sensibly and to exercise regularly.

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  • The Governments recommends  that children and young people aged 5-18 need to do:
    • At least 60 minutes  of physical activity every day, such as cycling and playground activities and fast running and tennis.
    • On three days a week, these activities should involve muscle and bone strengthening activities like push-ups, skipping or running.
  • Get some healthy eating advice; that could be from the school, the GP or a nutrition coach like me. I have recently been talking about this very subject on Notts TV so please Contact me on 07946 301338 for a free consultation.

If you are unsure where to start to make a healthy change for your family, have a look at some of my previous blog posts where you will find guidance, advice and healthy eating recipes, or come and see me for a one to one nutrition session

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Calorie cuts

Calorie cuts

Food makers told to cut calories by 20% by 2024

These were the headlines last week

Public Health England says the target would slash costs to the NHS by £4.5bn and prevent more than 35,000 premature deaths

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Overweight children are consuming between 300-500 calories a day extra, This could equate to a weight gain of 1lb or ½ kilo per week.  But it’s not just children that are facing this issue more than 60% of adults are also too heavy

PHE’s new strategy outlines 13 food categories, including sandwiches, ready meals, savoury biscuits, cooking sauces and potato products such as crisps and chips.

Food producers could make a number of changes, including reformulating products, promoting healthy options and reducing portion sizes.

But as with many of these issues it is not just up to one organisation to make changes, we all have a role to play in stemming this obesity epidemic.  Parents and families can be positive role models, local councils could look at how many fast food outlets are sited near schools, Schools themselves can be proactive in promoting healthy eating, setting up allotments, offering safe ‘walk to school’ schemes, and children have a role to play by making positive choices

I can also help by offering support and advice about how to make healthier changes

Last week I talked to Gem106 radio, here’s two very short snippets of their news items

How to cut up to 500 calories from a child’s diet

Get them more active – burns calories

Eating more veg – its filling and has fewer calories and makes the plate look full. If they don’t like veg use a blender to blitz veggies into a sauce, curry, chilli, shepherds pie or lasagna

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Use skimmed milk, plain low fat yoghurt (and add fresh or tinned fruit, in juice not syrup)

Don’t necessarily go for diet products as they can be high in sugar

Limit the amount of snacks and fast food a child eats – PHE records no more than two 100 calorie snacks a day

hummus veggie sticks Always have chopped fruit or veggie sticks in the fridge for children to snack on

Apps to help: change for life: sugar smart, food scanner

 

Children aged 4-10 are getting over 50% of their sugar intake from sweet treats

Each year children consume, on average, 400 biscuits, 120 cakes, buns and pastries, 100 portions of sweets, 70 chocolate bars and ice creams and 150 juice drink pouches and cans of fizzy drink

  • An ice cream – about 175 calories
  • A pack of crisps – 190 calories
  • A chocolate bar – 200 calories
  • A pastry – 270 calories

As well as calories that’s an awful lot of sugar.  Children should eat no more than 5-6 teaspoons of added sugar (also known as ‘free’ sugar) a day.  Yet the average daily consumption is more like three times that amount.

 

100 calorie snacks – max 2 a day

Individual packets (25g) of baked crisps

1 slice of malt loaf no butter

1 crumpet with small amount of butter, jam or marmite

fresh or tinned fruit salad (in juice)

chopped veg and hummus

rice cake

sugar free jelly

an oatmal biscuit

1 apple and 1 tbls wholenut peanut butter

a boiled egg