Many of us in Australia have a bit of a thing for sugar – it’s sweet, comforting and makes us feel great for a while. Not surprising since we’re hardwired to seek out sugary foods as fuel to give us bursts of quick energy (handy in the jungle or the gym but less so for everyday life).

Alarmingly, Australian teens are consuming nearly 40 teaspoons of added sugar per day; a lot more than the 6 teaspoons a day recommended by the World Health Organization. Too much added sugar is linked to a range of major health problems – tooth decay, type 2 diabetes, obesity and heart disease to name a few.

6 Spoons in June is about being brave and freeing ourselves from our dependence on sugar. Using the tools below we can gradually reduce our sugar intake over four weeks, and swap over-sweetened food for healthier foods that are just as tasty.

6 Spoons in June is not about giving up the occasional biscuit, chocolate or fruit juice: we know these are sugary treats and not everyday foods. It’s about becoming more aware of the hidden added sugars in your life; taking a closer look at what’s in the food you choose for yourself and your family.

Throughout June we’re spreading the word on our social channels about low-sugar happiness, sharing stories and lifting the lid on healthy-looking foods that have a hidden sugary side.

No matter what your shopping or cooking skills are like, 6 Spoons in June has tools and tips to help you on the journey towards a new daily target of 6 teaspoons of added sugar or less.

LOW-SUGAR POWER TOOLS

HOW TO ACHIEVE 6 TEASPOONS OR LESS PER DAY

The first step to reducing daily added sugar consumption is finding out how much we are eating and where the added sugar is in our diet. Then we can decide how much we want to have.

By learning to read food labels and making better choices when we shop and cook, we can teach ourselves to be less dependent on added sugar to enjoy our food and feel good.

Watch That Sugar Film to discover how sugar affects our health and why you might be eating more sugar than you think.
Download That Sugar App to find out how much sugar is in your diet.
Take a look in your pantry to see where the sugar might be hiding.
Arm yourself with a range of tasty low-sugar recipes from the website and range of That Sugar books.
Make a low-sugar shopping list and go hunting.
Share your low-sugar wisdom and get family and friends on board.
Join in the online activity via our social media channels happening throughout June.

SUGAR FACTS

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Sugar has many different names and comes in many forms. It’s also highly addictive: the more we eat it, the more we want.

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The World Health Organization recommends 6 teaspoons or less of added sugar a day for optimal health. One teaspoon equals around 4 grams of sugar.

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Generally, sugar in food is either naturally occurring or has been added during manufacture or preparation.

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Wholefoods - food that has not been significantly refined or processed, such as beans, fruits and vegetables - may have naturally occurring sugars, such as fructose in fruit and lactose in dairy products.

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The naturally occurring sugar in wholefoods is not counted as part of the recommended 6 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day.

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Added sugars, also known as free sugars, refers to a refined sugar or sweetener ingredient added to food or drink products, as well as honey, syrups and fruit juice.