Children aged between four and ten are consuming twice as much sugar as recommended, a new survey has revealed.

The National Diet and Nutritional Survey, funded by Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Foods Standard Agency, found that children are also not eating enough fruit and vegetables, though consumption of red meat and saturated fats remain high.

Children sugar levels

According to the NHS, the maximum daily amount of added sugar should be as follows: five cubes for four to six-year-olds, six cubes for seven to ten-year-olds and seven cubes for children aged 11 and over. This is being regularly exceeded by young children and there are a number of government plans to lower levels of sugar intake and decrease childhood obesity.

“While it is encouraging that young children are having fewer sugary drinks, they still have far too much sugar in their diet overall,” comments DR Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE.

Peterborough nursery healthy food

At our Peterborough nursery, we love having happy, healthy children – we believe the quality of the food we provide is essential to this. That is why we only serve healthy, fresh and nutritious food to help your child with their learning and playing.

The data shows that we all need to eat more fruit, vegetables and fibre whilst cutting back on salt and sugar. Our chefs at Apricot Nursery are well aware of this and our experienced cooks use the freshest ingredients – even growing vegetables in our garden! We are proud to say that all of our food is freshly prepared on site. You can view one of our sample food menus here.

For information about how our Peterborough nursery can help you and your child, call us today on 01733 390 969 or pop in to have a look around.