Too much sugar

A new report by the World Health Organisation suggests that we should all try to reduce the amount of sugar in our diets. At the moment, the recommended limit is ten small spoons of sugar every day. The experts now think that this should be reduced to just 5. They say that the large amounts of sugar that we eat can cause heart problems, obesity and problems with our teeth.

Five spoons of sugar sounds a lot, but in reality it can be the amount of sugar in just one chocolate bar. A can of drink can contain around 10. Clearly it is not going to be easy for people to change their habits and for parents of young children and teenagers it may be especially difficult.  Apparently, the average British person eats around 60g of sugar per day.


a diet                  the food that a person eats

obesity                too fat, overweight