Sugar…Children’s Teeth and Obesity…

The UK government has recently published Part 1 of its National Food Strategy…Part 2 will be published the next year 2021.

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From my perspective I really hope they get this right as it will be used by governments for the next 75 years when making decisions…In this day and age things change so very, very quickly and to me, 75 years seems far too long Something as important as this should be reviewed to me every 10 years…A substantial reduction in time but I believe something as important as the nation’s health should not be reviewed every 75 years…Just saying!

This report has described obesity as a National Emergency…a step in the right direction…

Let’s talk children’s teeth as I think obesity and teeth should be on the same page…

Hospitals in England carried out almost 180 operations a day on children and teenagers last year to remove rotting teeth. This alone cost the NHS more than 40 million pounds.

The majority of the surgical procedures were because of tooth decay.

Now I don’t think this is confined to the UK when I look at figures for obesity and tooth decay in children around the world…

I also do not think that the blame lies totally with the parents…

Action on Sugar and The Early Years Foundation has claimed for many years that drinks, sweets and cereals, etc, are being deliberately marketed towards children and their parents and are misleading.

Fruit-based snacks for example are generally NOT healthy, they have minimal nutritional value and are high in Free Sugars…

An apple or any fruit in its natural form is healthy, juice it or blend it and it changes the nutrition value…it can become unhealthy.

To encourage parents to buy these foods they are marketed as having “No added colours”, “One of your 5- a- day” “Great for Kids” ARE you seeing a pattern here?

I have been shopping with kids in tow…It can be a nightmare…EVEN WHEN THE KIDS ARE GOOD…we succumb by the time we get to the till…

Mum look! Mum! Can I have these? Mum Look!

Trust me by the time you reach the till…which by the way always has chocolate at eye level for kids (and) us…Yep, by now we do NEED chocolate and a G & T

The big brands are the worst…They have the money to be able to work around any restrictions imposed on them by the government when they really have to…which is generally not immediately but could be months or a year down the line.

Governments around the world must back the Dentists and stop being passive observers where food manufacturers and Advertisers are involved.

Let’s just recap on exactly what sugars are what…

Free Sugars…Free sugars include honey, syrups and nectars whether they are added to products during manufacture or by the consumer.

This includes ingredients such as malt extract and glucose syrup, lactose and galactose added as ingredients and all sugars naturally present in fruit and vegetable juices, concentrates, smoothies, purees, pastes, powders. All sugars included in drinks are included too, such as alcoholic drinks and dairy alternative nut-based drinks.

Milk and other dairy-based drinks are not included,

Smoothies…which I drink a lot of and love…

However I know for a fact that if I buy a smoothie when I am out I always ask for no sugar syrup ..yep even here they add sugar to fresh smoothies…Which takes me to the ones lining the chillers in the stores they almost certainly have sugar syrup in them…which means when you think you are giving your kids a healthy smoothie it most likely isn’t…

Smoothies blend fruit or vegetables and to make a thicker consistency but the amount of fibre depends on whether the skin of the fruit or vegetables is used and whether or not fruit juices are added.

For a smoothie to be considered as part of your 2 portions of fruit a day it must contain.

A} at least 80g of one variety of whole fruit and /or vegetable and at least 150ml of a different variety of 100% fruit and/or vegetable juice


B} a minimum of 80g of whole fruit and /or vegetables and at least 80g of another variety of whole fruit and/or vegetable.

None of the ready-made ones I have checked here comply with that…

Fruit Juices.

Fruit juices don’t they look and sound healthy when they line the shelves or scream at you from the TV screen…? Don’t be fooled fruit juices contain lots of free sugars and they are said to contribute 10-14% of the free sugar consumption of children.

Although UK government advice is currently one 150ml serving of fruit juice counts towards the 5 -a- day…Dentists and health professionals are calling for them to be removed from the 5-a-day because of their high sugar content. Of course, as you know I am a firm believer in making your own juices and smoothies…If you buy fruit in season you often get really good deals and can make many juices or freeze the fruit pulp.



I am so pleased that I restricted my kids with regards to sodas and fruit drinks as even as adults they have perfect teeth and health.

Next time on Sugars I will look at cereals …it seems all cereals which are targeted at the kids are loaded with added sugars…

It is time that both the press, advertiser, manufacturers stopped targeting kids the Governments need to step up pretty quick…

Because when a National newspaper publishes an editorial containing words that state “getting children to eat less sugar may be a laudable goal, but what are children to be protected from? The candy-coated cereals that lead to tooth decay or the inability or refusal of their parents to say No!

That is what we as parents are up against…Time to take a stand? …I think so…

Until next time be well and stay safe…

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

27 thoughts on “Sugar…Children’s Teeth and Obesity…

  1. Mazoli IC

    It seems like almost everything in the grocery store has sugar in it. Reducing sugar intake is really a challenge (I know it sound like I am making excuses). Is sugar from fruits any better than the granulated sugar you by in a bag at the grocery store?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Sugar is sugar however you coat it..however as fruit sugars also contains vitamins and nutrients fresh fruit has its advantages however like anything it should be eaten as part of a balanced diet and in moderation. Some fruits are lower in natural sugars so a better choice, fruit also contains fibre…white granulated sugar is just empty calories…I hope that helps 🙂

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  4. Marje @ Kyrosmagica

    Yes, there are hidden sugars everywhere Carol. I try to be mindful of this and pick cereals, drinks with less sugar. I don’t tend to drink fruit juice or smoothies. My daughter loves them though. And we have no sweets in the house! I am a bit partial to chocolate though…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes, there are Marje, sweets in moderation are ok as there are so many hidden sugars I think we need to be just as worried about…Again chocolate in moderation is fine I don’t mind square or two… Smoothies if you make them yourself are fine its more the ones you pick up from the store shelves which are the worry …Thank you for popping in and leaving a valuable comment 🙂 xx


  5. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    An excellent post Carol and one that needs tackling as a matter of urgency.. Here in Ireland the sugar tax on fizzy drinks, sweets and alcohol has only been in place for a couple of years but to be honest if you want sugar you will pay to get it. Babies are being born with a taste for it through their mother’s and then given baby formula with sugar as an ingredient to make it palatable. As a dental nurse 50 years ago we saw the start of rot in baby teeth and here we are today still pumping the stuff into the system.. I have included the link in today’s round up.. hugs xxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally I think it is a terrible state of affairs…I am beginning to wonder if parents wear blinkers and earplugs …I agree, Sally but there is so much you can eat which is equally as tasty just healthier all round… Hugs xx

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  6. marianbeaman

    This is astonishing, Carol, good for you when you say, “I am so pleased that I restricted my kids with regards to sodas and fruit drinks as even as adults they have perfect teeth and health.” That’s quite an accomplishment.

    I stopped preparing orange juice for breakfast every morning because of the calories. It’s also cutting down on acidity in my system too. Great post!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Marian…it isn’t always easy but soda was a very occassional treat like Christmas it was a way of life for us and still is I only have water on the table…Well done, Marian as a treat it is ok though…I love fresh orange juice that’s my Christmas treat .Be well and safe 🙂


  7. koolkosherkitchen

    Your homeland has a long history of sugar and rotten teeth, starting with the great Elizabeth I, but I wasn’t aware that any other country, besides the US considers obesity a national problem.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes it does and it is the number 1 chronic childhood illness in the USA… Both countries need to take steps to eradicate this trend once and for all…But yes there are other countries where obesity is a problem although some of those see it as a sign of affluence rather than a problem quite scary when you look at a world health chart …be safe dear Dolly 🙂

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  8. robertawrites235681907

    Thanks for this post, Carol. My younger son struggles with his weight. The older was tubby but is now as thin as a reed. I have never given them fizzy drinks for fruit juice. I do bake but not too often. Michael takes cortizone and asthma meds which slow down the metabolism and I think that’s part of the reason he struggles.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      You are welcome , Robbie…I think it is important to know what foods contain especially juices but some children do have a tendency to gain weight and it rights itself as they mature also as you say certain meds can have an effect on the metabolism which makes it more difficult to regulate weight. However as long as you instill good eating habits which I am sure you do then it stands kids in good stead as they mature..I have noticed that with my children they are aware and apply what I have taught them to their kids.. Its all we can do as parents 🙂 Be well and stay safe, Robbie 🙂 x

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