With Easter fast approaching we decided to research sugar content in popular Easter eggs. Do you know the amount of sugar contained? Particularly those marketed to children.
Public Health England guidance recommends that children aged 4 to 10 years should eat no more than the equivalent of 5 to 6 cubes of sugar each day, but data shows children are consuming, on average 13 cubes.
Many children today receive several chocolate eggs from different relatives and friends, and we want you to be aware of what’s in these products and the harm it can have on your teeth and body.
With teeth we need to remember that it is often the frequency that teeth are exposed to sugar that is more harmful than the amount. It is always best to have sugar straight after a meal. Saliva flow is generally increased after a meal and it is the contents of your saliva that partly neutralise the sugars.
We also cannot ignore the effects that eating these products has on the rest of the body – obesity and diabetes are growing problems for people in our society and having an impact on NHS resources.
Tooth decay is the number one reason for hospital admissions for young children. Procedures that involve general anesthetic can be prevented if we make ourselves aware of sugar content.
Follow the link below for further details on sugar content in popular brands of Easter eggs.