This June, look after your health by getting savvy on sugar and learn how to limit intake to 6 teaspoons per day!
6 Spoons in June is an annual campaign that shines a light on hidden sugars and challenges everyone to limit added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons (25g) per day. We invite YOU to join the nearly half a million people who are on their low added-sugar journey.
This year, we share with you tips and tricks so you can identify the sweet stuff and support your health by keeping sugar intake limited to 6 teaspoons (25g) per day while learning how to make better food choices overall.
Find out below how you can participate, including following us on social media, to uncover hidden sugars and work toward a healthier way of eating!
Why 6 Spoons?
That Sugar Movement endorses The World Health Organization’s recommendation to limit free and added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons (25 g) per day, for health benefits.
However, the average Australian consumes around 14 teaspoons – that’s a whopping 420 in June alone!
Anywhere in the world, you can participate by:
- Challenging yourself and nominating a mate to join you in lowering your added and free sugar intake to 6 teaspoons (25g) per day
- Watching That Sugar Film*
- Reading our Top tips for reducing added sugar
- Following That Sugar Movement on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – throughout the month of June for daily tips, information, recipes, motivation and quick reads
- Following and using the #6SPOONSINJUNE
*To watch That Sugar Film, also check our FAQs for additional online stores and streaming services
Can you stick to 6 teaspoons a day?
How to achieve 6 teaspoons or less per day
The first step to reducing daily added sugar consumption is finding out where the added sugar is in the diet and monitoring how much you are consuming. Then, it is time to make a decision about how much added sugar you choose to have and when you choose to have it, with the aim to limit intake to 6 teaspoons (25g) per day.
The next step is important: learn to read food labels and be aware of the quality of what you are eating and drinking. Make better food choices when shopping and cooking, and teach yourself to be less dependent on added sugar and the processed foods it comes in. By learning how to choose and use whole foods, you will feel good!
To take your health journey and nutrition education further, consider signing up for our 30-Day Kick Start program.
Sugar has many different names and comes in many forms. It’s also highly addictive: the more we eat it, the more we want.
The World Health Organization recommends 6 teaspoons (25g) or less of added or free sugar per day for optimal health. One teaspoon equals around 4 grams of sugar.
Generally, sugar in food is either naturally occurring or has been added during manufacture or preparation.
Whole food - food that has not been significantly refined or processed, such as legumes, fruits and vegetables - may have naturally occurring sugars, such as fructose in fruit and lactose in dairy products.
The naturally occurring sugar in whole foods, such as fruit and dairy, is not counted as part of the recommended 6 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day.
Added sugars and free sugars refer to a refined sugar or sweetener ingredient added to food or drink products, as well as honey, syrups and fruit juice.