Paediatric dietitian and author Karina Savage has delivered a stark warning to parents about the “alarming” amount of sugar in everyday foods — particularly children’s fruit juices.
Karina told Sunrise on Wednesday that the guidelines recommended children should only consume six to eight teaspoons of sugar per day, but high-sugar juices could sneak up on parents largely unnoticed.
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“One cup of apple juice is five teaspoons of sugar,” Karina said.
“When we’re looking at the daily limit — that pretty much is their daily limit.
“The amount of sugar in juice is alarming.”
Karina said fruit often lost its benefits when made into juice, as most of its natural fibre was stripped away.
Dietitian Karina Savage revealed the hidden sugars in popular foods, while appearing on Sunrise on Wednesday. Credit: Seven
“When extracted to make juice, you are losing the fibre and it has a different effect on the body,” she said.
Turning her attention to other foods, Karina pointed out it was important to ditch high-sugar sauces and to swap baked goods such as finger buns with savoury items.
“Cheese crackers, a bowl of popcorn,” Karina began, offering healthier options.
“Home-made smoothies is another good one, home-made ice blocks are good with frozen yoghurt or fruit.”
Karina appeared on Sunrise on Wednesday, where she warned of the alarming amount of sugar in fruit juice. Credit: Seven
Karina gave tips to combat sugar which included “serving water most of the time”, getting children to eat “whole fruit”, and choosing “reduced sugar” sauces.
“Sushi is a great one if you’re out and about because it’s savoury,” she said.
“Try to move them (kids) to a savoury option if they have a sweet tooth. Also, if you can bake at home, you can manage the sugar.”
However Karina warned that even the humble spaghetti bolognese could be a problem, if it is made with store-bought sauce.
“The sauce range adds sugar and salt to make it taste good,” she said.
“You can look at the label — you are looking for a lower sugar option and that is a really good way to choose the healthy option in the supermarket.”