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.
Follow us this June to be spoon-fed information, and simple tips and hacks that will help you limit added, free sugar intake while creating new sustainable habits to help you achieve your food and health goals. #6SPOONSINJUNE
We all have factors or barriers that hinder us from reaching our goals. Let’s address some of these this June!
We will help you answer this by sharing education on how to:
Identify the added sugars (& not-so-healthful habits) in your diet
Implement easy tweaks to eat better
Make sustainable changes for a healthier YOU
Excess added and free sugar intake, and a poor quality diet, are associated with many short- and long-term health issues. But there are food choices you can make each day to support health.
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.
This June, we aim to get you started on the journey toward building sustainable, health-supportive dietary practices, while reducing intake of the sweet stuff at the same time!
How to participate in 6 Spoons in June
- Set a personal goal and challenge yourself to lower your added and free sugar intake to 6 teaspoons (25g) per day
- Watch That Sugar Film*
- Read our Top tips for reducing added sugar
- Follow That Sugar Movement on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – throughout the month of June for daily tips, information, recipes, motivation and quick reads
- Follow and use the #6SPOONSINJUNE
Follow us on social media throughout June and learn how to limit added sugar and free sugar intake while creating new sustainable habits to help you achieve your food and health goals.
Why 6 Spoons?
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.
That Sugar Movement endorses the World Health Organization’s recommendation for the average adult to limit free and added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons (25 g) per day, for health benefits.
(Read here for more on recommended intake limits for children.)
However, the average Australian consumes around 14 teaspoons – that’s a whopping 420 in June alone!
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: 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 manage cravings and become 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.