Yesterday we watched a documentary by Joe Cross called The Kids Menu.
In THE KIDS MENU, Joe meets with experts, parents, teachers and kids, coming to the realisation that childhood obesity isn’t the real issue, but rather a symptom of a bigger problem. The lack of knowledge of what healthy foods are. Lack of access to healthy and affordable options. And the influence of negative role models, whether a parent, teacher or even a celebrity.
All of this together seems to be a lot to overcome, but when empowered, kids often make the surprising choice of the healthier path.
In this inspiring and hopeful documentary, we see amazing programs in action, inspiring individuals paving the way for change, but most of all – Kids, taking the lead in getting healthier options on their own menu.
Here’s the The Kids Menu Trailer:
The stand out thing for us was the fact that 4 grams of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar. Do you know how much added sugar you’re eating?
4 grams sugar = 1 teaspoon of sugar
For optimum health the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends adults and children consume less than 10% of their total daily energy intake, or approximately six teaspoons, of free sugar per day. That equates to 24 grams of added sugar per day for normal weight adults.
Free sugars include monosaccharides and disaccharides added to foods and beverages by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.
Source: WHO Guideline Sugars intake for adults and children.
It’s important to note, the naturally occurring sugar found in intact fruit and vegetables are excluded from the guidelines. These shouldn’t be counted towards your daily sugars intake.
It really got us thinking!
Today at the supermarket Erica was keen to read the packet of everything we brought to see how much added sugar it contained.
The shopping trip took much longer than usual, but it was well worth it. We left the shop with a few new products to try that were less in added sugar than our usual go-to items.
We are also looking at new recipes to try at home, so keep an eye out for these!