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Back to school: yogurt, a small contributor to kids’ added sugar intake

YINI_Back to school - Why introduce yogurt in daily kids' snacks?

It is time to go back to school… It is also a great opportunity for kids to make a fresh start and may be the right time to adopt long-term healthy eating habits to help them succeed in this new school year.

Excessive sugars intake is a public health issue and the World Health Organization recommends limiting the consumption of added or free sugars to a maximum of 10% of the daily calories in both children and adults.  A recent report from the French health agency ANSES (Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail) warned against excessive sugars intake in children aged 4 to 17: 75% of 4-7 year-olds, 60% of 8-12 year-olds and 25% of 13-17 year-old have excessive sugars intake in France.

A review of data available in different European countries on sugar consumption and sources of sugar intakes showed that:

  • In all countries included in the study, free sugars represent more than 10% of children’s daily calories.
  • Yogurt contributes for less than 8% of children’s total sugar intake, while sweetened products and beverages are the main contributors.

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Thus, swapping a sweet snack for a yogurt is a great way to give kids a healthy and nutrient-dense snack while reducing their total daily intake of sugars.


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