Media Wrap

SugarByHalf news wrap: 24-30 July

Here's our regular curation of the top content about sugar we've seen this week.

Find this useful? Follow us on Twitter where we will share this weekly digest of sugar in the news.

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Soft drinks pledge 20% sugar reduction - but what does it actually mean?

At a stage managed press conference in Canberra on Monday, Australian soft drinks said they were going on a health kick. They claimed they would save our health with a 20% reduction in sugar content by 2025.


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How much sugar is in your Easter egg?

Ever wondered how much sugar is in some of our most popular Easter eggs? Health charity SugarByHalf have done the maths, in teaspoons, and some of the results may shock you.


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When grandparents feed your kids sugar

It’s a common conundrum – unhealthy treats for kids are how some grandparents show their love.


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6 sugarfree Halloween treats

It's almost Halloween, and the scariest thing out there is...sugar!



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Shane Watson: Let's hit sugar for six



Becoming a dad three years ago was the best day of my life. Nothing is more important to me than my kids.

But my wife Lee and I were horrified to learn about the health effects of poor food choices on Aussie kids.

It’s a sad fact that too much added sugar is wrecking the health of younger generations. Type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure are all on the rise. Worse still, these adult diseases are being seen in younger and younger Australians.

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Cut the sugar to protect young teeth


Everyone loves to see their kids smile, but think how much more you’ll like it if you know their teeth are in good shape.

Sadly, our kids are more and more likely to need dental treatment. Nearly half of Australia’s kids aged 5-10 now have had at least one baby tooth affected by tooth decay.


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What is natural sugar?


Australians eat an average 22 kilograms of sugar per year!

We don't advocate that everyone needs to completely quit or remove sugar but we do have a problem. Sugar is everywhere and we’re eating way too much. The WHO recommends we limit intake of added sugars to 6 teaspoons per day for optimal health.

So how what’s the difference between added sugar and natural sugar?

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Why sugar is a men's health issue

The Sugardemic affects Aussie men even more than women. With men more likely to be overweight or obese, and men of 55 more likely to suffer from type II diabetes, Aussie blokes need to cut their sugar consumption urgently.


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Research shows benefits of sugary drinks tax for low income Australians


New research from Deakin University’s Global Obesity Centre shows that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would benefit low income Australians.

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The lunchbox dirty dozen

Creating healthy lunchboxes for your kids is an ongoing challenge. There’s so much advice around that it can be confusing to know what’s best.


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George Calombaris' Hortopita recipe



Thanks to chef and restaurateur George Calombaris for sharing his secrets to making an easy and tasty greens pie.

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I was pre-diabetic before cutting sugar


In October 2015 when undergoing a normal annual medical check-up, my blood tests came back normal except for the fasting blood sugar levels – my reading was 6.4. I didn’t understand what this meant other than it seemed high.  I recalled that the so-called “normal” was 5.5. I didn’t do anything further for several months.

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How much sugar is in your iced coffee?

Imagine ordering yourself a coffee and then adding a teaspoon of sugar...and another...and another...and another...and another...and another...



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Do you have sugar face?

Does your sugar intake show on your face?


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5 tips to survive sugar withdrawal

It’s no secret that the effect of sugar on our bodies is similar to many drugs of addiction, provoking a cycle of cravings and relief.

So if you’ve made the decision to cut down your sugar intake, you might find your body responding with withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms vary, but you experience moodiness, headaches, anxiety or difficulty concentrating.



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How to spot added sugar

Spotting added sugar in the food we buy should be easy, right? Just read the label.

Actually, it is very tricky indeed. That’s because food manufacturers call sugar by more than 60 different names.

They know caring people like you are trying to avoid sugar, so they try to think up reassuring names for added sugar to sneak it into your trolley. Don’t be fooled! Remember, many savoury foods contain added sugar including salad dressing, pasta sauce and wholegrain cereals. 

Names range from the scientific sounding dextrose and glucose, to attractive terms like golden syrup or sweet sorghum.

If you’re going to protect your family from the health risks of too much added sugar, you’ll need to be wise to the tricks food manufacturers play to avoid being honest about the true amount of added sugar in their products.

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How much sugar is in your Easter egg?

Prepare to be shocked as we reveal the amount of added sugar in some popular Easter eggs. We also reveal the eggs with the least amount of added sugar. 

*UPDATED 10 April 2017 to include eggs from Aldi.



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Would you like water with that?

A parents' group says fast food outlets should offer water - not soft drink or juice - with every meal.


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6 sugar-free ways to enjoy Easter



Easter these days has become the festival of rabbits and chocolate. It’s celebrated with a long weekend down the beach, while kids consume sick-making quantities of sugar filled eggs.

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How I cut sugar to get fighting fit

Adrian cut sugar to lose weight, help his body recover from gruelling surgeries - and get back to the martial arts he loves. 


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Sugar facts: 19 handy books



Get the in-depth information on sugar with this handy reading guide:

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SugarByHalf Media Watch 26 Feb-3 March 2017

Here's our regular curation of the top content about sugar we've seen this week.

Find this useful? Follow us on twitter where we will share this weekly digest of sugar in the news.

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SugarByHalf Media Watch 18 Feb-25 Feb

Here's our regular curation of the top content about sugar we've seen this week. Find this useful? Follow us on twitter where we will share this weekly digest of sugar in the news.  

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SugarByHalf Media Watch 12 Feb-17 Feb

Here's our regular curation of the top content about sugar we've seen this week.

Find this useful? Follow us on twitter where we will share this weekly digest of sugar in the news.


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SugarByHalf Media Watch 4 Feb-11 Feb

Here's our regular curation of the top content about sugar we've seen this week.

Find this useful? Follow us on twitter where we will share this weekly digest of sugar in the news.


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Allergies: nut-free low sugar lunchbox ideas

Many children across Australia suffer from allergies to foods including nuts, eggs, and many others. Anaphylactic reactions can be fatal, while a host of other reactions of varying severity are also possible.



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Nut-free bliss balls


Allergy-friendly school snacks and in between meal times can be challenging. SugarByHalf ambassador Keren Slutzkin suggests keeping some bliss balls in the fridge for something easy to grab and go.

One ball will satisfy thanks to the goodness from the healthy fats of the coconut and the protein source from the powder. It's a fun way to get this kids involved by having them help roll the balls.

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Sugar facts: Top 10 YouTube videos

Learn some startling facts about sugar and its effects on your body. 

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SugarByHalf Media Watch 23 Jan-3 Feb

Here's our regular curation of the top content about sugar we've seen this week.

Find this useful? Follow us on twitter where we will share this weekly digest of sugar in the news.


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4 Ways A Low Sugar Lunchbox Will Help Your Child At School

With school just around the corner, school lunches are on every parent’s mind. 

So what exactly could a low sugar lunchbox do for your child?


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SugarByHalf Media Watch 13-22 January 2017

This is our regular curation of the top content about sugar we've seen this week.

Find this useful? Follow us on twitter where we will share this weekly digest of sugar in the news.


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Your 5 second school lunch shopping guide

School starts in a matter of weeks. Back to school means back to shopping for school lunches.


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Sugar in the media

There's a lot of talk about sugar these days. We've pulled together a summary of some of the best media mentions on the topic for December and January. Find this useful? Follow us on twitter where we will share our weekly digest of sugar in the news.


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How much added sugar is in your breakfast?


By the time many of us finish breakfast we’ve eaten more added sugar than the recommended daily limit! Remember, the World Health Organisation recommends 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day for optimal health.

But there’s no need for breakfast to have as much sugar as a dessert. With some easy swaps you can start your day with little to no added sugar.

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Low sugar New Year's resolution #2: Eat real food

The best thing you can do for your body is to eat nutritious food. A proper diet will go a long way towards reducing sugar cravings. Here's some helpful hints from dentist and Masterchef contestant Matt Hopcraft for feeding your family real food.


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Low sugar New Year's resolution #1: Drink less sugar

It's the time of year when we make New Year's resolutions in the hope of enjoying a better life by changing our habits. So what’s the number #1 offender in our diets when it comes to sugar? Sugary drinks - including seemingly healthy fruit juices, breakfast drinks and smoothies. 


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Butterflied prawns with peanut-lime sauce

Prawns are an Aussie classic for Christmas Day, and these are a delicious and easy starter. The sauce is a perfect #sugarswap for sugary store-bought sauces.


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Mocha Coconut Bites

These little balls of deliciousness are a great snack when you are craving some sweetness. They taste naughty but we promise they are only nice!


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Raspberry Fizz

This delicious Raspberry Fizz makes a perfect #sugarswap for punch, champagne, or soft drink.


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Christmas Snowball Bites recipe

#Sugarswap chocolates for these delicious snowball bites.


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Strawberry Santas

This Christmas, swap chocolate Santas for Strawberry Santas!


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SugarByHalf LIVE on Facebook

SugarByHalf teamed up with Facebook and their new Facebook Live tool to create a series of videos.


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World Diabetes Day

What do you know about diabetes? Most of us know surprisingly little about this disease, even though it affects millions of Australians.

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. It’s a perfect time to educate yourself about what diabetes could mean for your kids – and yourself. 

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Matthew Hopcraft's Minestrone

A great low sugar family dinner recipe from dentist and father Matthew Hopcraft.

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SugarByHalf on Facebook Live

UPDATE: We teamed up with Facebook and their new tool Facebook Live to bring you a free, live broadcast on 30 November. If you were unable to tune in on the day, you can still catch up on all the videos on our Facebook page.


Our experts and celebs will be sharing their ideas for cutting back on sugar, cooking some easy recipes and responding to your questions and comments. This is your chance to ask one of the celebrities or experts below any question you like about sugar, health or fitness.

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The scariest thing about Halloween? Too much sugar!



With Halloween just around the corner, the scary season is well and truly upon us. As your kids get excited about costumes, pumpkins and trick or treating, spare a thought for the fact that there might be something nastier than a witch or a skeleton lurking about this Halloween.

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Meet the Switch Witch



You already know Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. Now meet the Switch Witch. 

Like Santa and the Easter Bunny, the Switch Witch visits while your kids sleep.

But unlike Santa, who brings toys, or the Easter Bunny who loads kids up with chocolate eggs, the Switch Witch swaps Halloween lollies for something healthier.

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I'm fitter and friends say I look younger



There is no doubt we all eat too much sugar. Since I reduced my sugar consumption 10 years ago I’ve never been fitter, everyone says I look younger, and my weight is the same as when I was 20 years old - I am now 40.

I was lucky in a way, because I was diagnosed with full blown diabetes, and was shooting up insulin whilst pregnant with twins. (It’s another case of thinking things had gone wrong, when in fact it was a great educational gift). In the short term, I became the most boring person in the world, having to eat certain things at particular times, but long term, I learnt a lot about health and how to stay young.

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Less sugar for kids, say leading US heart doctors


Leading US heart doctors say children and teenagers should consume no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugars a day.

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How I cut back on sugar



Tania is a mother of two and a member the SugarByHalf team. Here she tells how she broke some old habits over time, how she brought her family along, and some handy tips she learnt along the way. 


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Dentists on sugar

Open up…say ‘aaaah’ – and check out what these dentists have to say about sugar’s effects on our kids’ dental health.

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Low-sugar tips for flying


As any parent knows, travelling by plane with kids is already one of life’s big challenges.

In between managing loo trips or nappy changes, calming tears and tantrums, and stopping them from kicking the seat in front, eating well and avoiding that bloated feeling might seem like a distant dream.

But it is possible, with a bit of planning and some pre trip prep.

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How reducing added sugar has helped me



I have a family history of heart disease so a healthy lifestyle has been a high priority for me. When I retired I considered myself healthy, not overweight and doing enough exercise. Then I worked out my BMI (Body Mass Index) was 26 which is actually overweight.

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6 surprising ways to cut your sugar intake in half


I Quit Sugar's Marie Antoinette Issa shares her top tips to halve your sugar intake, with some simple swaps.

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I transformed my health



In 2012 I turned 60, the age my late father was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. At the time I thought I was reasonably healthy, but in retrospect I now realise I was pre-diabetic. I was overweight, bordering on obese (despite following the recommended low fat diet with regular exercise), my blood tests showed I had elevated triglyceride and insulin levels, low HDL (the good) cholesterol, and I had a fatty liver. Having seen the devastating effects of Type 2 Diabetes on my father’s health, I was keen to do anything I could to prevent developing that condition.

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WATCH: Why we can't stop eating unhealthy foods


Laura A. Schmidt is a UCSF Professor and one of the Sugar Scientists at 

In this TedMed talk she asks when you live in a world that is surrounding you with food products scientifically engineered to be habit forming, do you really have freedom of choice?

WATCH: Why we can't stop eating unhealthy foods (13 mins)


Beat bugs by cutting sugar



It’s a winter morning. The alarm goes off and you’re instantly rushing to get the kids fed and dressed. You’re making lunches, and packing bags and hoping you can maybe even find time to brush your own teeth before you leave for work.

Then you hear the sound that makes your heart sink: a bubbling, wet cough from your five year old. Or you see that tell-tale slime start to ooze from your toddler’s nose.

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Top tooth tips from a dental expert



Clinical Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft is a dental public health expert and SugarByHalf's advisor on tooth decay. He's collated his top tips on keeping your teeth in tip top health.

Tooth decay affects more than 50% of Australian children and nearly 90% of adults, but in most cases it is entirely preventable. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of tooth decay:


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How much sugar is too much?


SugarByHalf aims to reduce by half the average amount of added sugars consumed daily by Australians.

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Sugar and your body



Over the last few centuries, life expectancy has risen steadily with each generation.

But our sugar-laden world could undo that. 

Eating too much added sugar over time is linked to serious health problems, including obesity, tooth decay and chronic diseases such as Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Liver Disease. 

Right now, things are not looking good.  

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Scientific Resources

Sugar consumption is one of the largest and most preventable contributors to obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease. We’ve collated some of the key evidence underpinning the health risks associated with the consumption of added sugar below. 

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