• Alex Dobbs, Grassroots Nutrition

Sugar Tax - will it work?

As promised during this morning's interview with the fabulous Wendy from Spirit Radio, here is my list of foods attractively marketed to children and their sugar contents ... warning, you may need to sit down before you read this, as it makes shocking reading.

Did you know that a single can of coke contains over 200% your daily sugar fill? Gulp!! It's not the kind of drink I would ever offer my children, but I have seen small children carry cans of fizzy drinks around the place ...

Sugar has been proven to be behind the obesity epidemic (it is hidden in so many foods to make them more attractive and downright addictive, and adds empty calories), and can really tamper with children's attention spans. It also causes tooth decay. And just think about this: if we fill our children's tummies with readily available, snazzily packaged sugary snacks, there is less space in their bellies for the good stuff (veggies, meat, fish, wholegrains, all the kinds of things real meals are made from).

We really need to reconsider how we feed ourselves and our children.

If you feel you need help with your diet, get in touch with me to book either a single consultation or family consultation to get help to get you started on a healthy, happy path to delicious, nutritious eating!, or call 085 7399603, or email

Click here to listen to my Podcast of my most recent Spirit Radio interview on this subject.

Below are products marketed at children, with packaging to show.

So, let’s find out how much sugar is in a …

Product grams of sugar per serving % of daily sugar allowance

Ribena Blackcurrant 26g per 250ml (1:4 mix) 208%

Can of Coke 35g per 330ml can 208%

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Snack Bar 30g per bar (53g) 240%

Capri-Sun Orange 20g per 200ml pouch 160%

Tesco pure orange juice 16.4g per 200ml glass 131%

100g bottle of Actimel 11.2g sugar per bottle 90%

Kellogg’s Coco Pops 11g sugar per serving 88%

Glenisk Vanilla & Peach Goats Yoghurt 10g per 90g pot 80%

Kellogg’s Frosties 9.3g sugar per serving 74%

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Bars 7.2g sugar per bar 58%

Tesco Chocolate Chip cookies 6.9g sugar per 2 biscuits 55%

Frubes 5.2g per tube 42%

Please note that the further down this list you are, the less added sugar is in these foods. In my opinion, this makes these foods more suitable to be consumed as snacks or treats occasionally.

Nairn’s Gluten Free Biscuit Breaks “Oats and Fruit” 4.4g per 2x 35% per 2 biscuits

Kellogg’s Honey Loops 4.2g sugar per serving 33%

Weetabix 1.7g per 2 biscuits 13.5%

Kellogg’s Cornflakes 1.4g sugar per serving 11%

And here some healthy alternatives … note: the sugar content here is actually from naturally occurring sugars in these wholefoods, so nothing to worry about. The WHO talks about the risks of ADDED sugars to people's diets.

Bunalun Organic Rice Cakes 0.7g sugar per 15 rice cakes! 5.6% per 15 rice cakes

Nairn’s Organic Oat cakes <0.4g per 4 oat cakes 3.2% per 4 oat cakes

Kelkin wholegrain Popcorn kernels 0.4g per 40g serving 3.2% per 40g serving

Flahavan’s organic porridge oats 0.4g per 40g serving 3.2% per 40g serving

Note: I don't like "naming and shaming" food companies or brands, I chose a random collection of snack foods marketed at children that may be on the average Irish child's meal plan more than once a week. Please note that these calculations are my own, from 2016. Sugar quantities may indeed have changed in these products.


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