The primary school students of St. David’s under the guidance of their teacher and Activ8 Camp Director Shaun Conaghan, have been researching the harmful side effects sugar is having on our health, how much is hidden in everyday foods like yogurts, cereals, junk foods and sauces and just how much we as a nation are exceeding the safe amount. RTÈ NEWS was so impressed that they did a special feature piece on the boy’s research and the students also got the chance to showcase their findings at the recent BT Young Scientist exhibition.
The safe amount of added sugar to consume per day is 4 spoons for a child and 6 spoons for an adult. However the Irish average is 24 spoons per day which is 6 times the safe amount for children. St. David’s BNS students conducted a survey of pupils, staff and parents in the school and found that many Irish children (and adults) are consuming much more than 24 spoons a day.
Research shows that consuming more than just 10 spoons of hidden or added sugar in our food greatly increases the likelihood of developing obesity, type two diabetes, heart disease, depression, various form of cancer and many other deadly diseases.