How much sugar is too much?


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

How much sugar are Australians currently consuming?

  • On average Australians consume somewhere between 14-16 teaspoons of added sugars a day.
  • With a 600ml bottle of soft drink containing 16 teaspoons of sugar, if you're consuming a bottle each day that's the equivalent to consuming 23kg of sugar from soft drinks alone per year.
  • The top 10% of teenage boys are consuming 38 teaspoons of sugar a day.
  • 14-18 year-old boys consume an average 22 teaspoons of sugar a day.

How much should I be aiming for?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says we should be limiting our added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons per day for optimal health. Learn more about the science on our resources page.

Examples of foods and drinks containing 6 teaspoons of sugar:

  • Large 60gm serve NutriGrain
  • Low fat fruit yoghurt 200gm
  • Glass of Coke (240mls)
  • Can of Red Bull (250mls)
  • 2/3 of bottle of Gatorade (400mls)
  • 50mls of BBQ sauce