The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), which advises Public Health England and other government agencies on nutrition, has recommended that we reduce our sugar intake by half of the current recommendation, to no more than 5% of daily energy intake.*
The report has classed sugar as ‘free sugars’ which includes all sugar added to food and drink plus sugar naturally found in syrups, honey and fruit juice: but excludes sugar naturally found in milk and in fruit (fresh/frozen/dried/tinned).
The maximum sugar recommendations per day
19g sugar for children 4-6yrs (5 cubes of sugar)
24g sugar for children 7-10yrs (6 cubes of sugar)
30g sugar for 11yrs and above (7 cubes of sugar)