food for the brain

Championing optimum nutrition for the mind

Where are the hidden sugars?

Sugar hides in your child’s diet both at home and in nurseries. One example is the average little kids fromage frais contains as much as one teaspoon of sugar. That’s a third of their recommended allowance.

Sugar affects brain function, blood sugar, weight, and energy Levels

Sugar is ADDICTIVE, so starting on high sugar diets sets bad habits.

What is the right amount for your child?

Children under 2 shouldn’t be consuming any sugar.

Where is sugar hiding?

Spoon -fullAs an example here are a couple of commonly used early years foods and drinks that are high in sugar.




1 teaspoon = 5 grams


% RDA child over 2  years                        

Fromage Frais 6.1g SUGAR per pot Child -40



 Baby egg custard with rice  8.8g SUGAR per 125g pot Child -60



 Custard  11.5g SUGAR per 100g serving Child -80



 Cereal bar  15g SUGAR per bar Child -100



 Blackberry squash  30.24g SUGAR per 288ml carton Child -100Child -100



 Coca Cola  39g SUGAR per 355 ml can Child -100Child -100Child -60




We cannot differentiate in every item, which types of sugars the ingredients contain. But have chosen foods in which sugar is one of the largest ingredients.


Reduce the sugar in your child’s diet. Look at the label and where sugar comes, the higher it is the more sugar there is!

If you have a child who has a taste for highly processed, sugary foods they won’t want to give them up. So the earlier you start the better.

The key is to reduce the sugar slowly and over time so they get use to less sweetness without noticing.