6 Spoons in June
According to The World Health Organisation, we should eat no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day, yet the average Australian consumes around 14 teaspoons – that’s a whopping 420 teaspoons in the month of June alone.
Did you know one teaspoon of sugar equals four grams?
We are filled to the brim with sugar, our spoons overflowing with it daily, and most of us don’t even know about it.
Sugar is Australia’s most common vice yet most unregulated ingredient. With sugar hiding in 80% of our food, That Sugar Movement believes it’s up to all of us to change the way we think about ‘healthy’ foods and reshape Australia’s future.
Six Spoons in June is an annual campaign that shines a light on hidden sugars and helps everyday Australians #sticktosix to reduce their daily added sugar intake by:
- Understanding how much hidden sugar they’re actually consuming, by downloading the free That Sugar App
- Signing up to the 30-day program, which offers practical and easy-to-apply information to help people make healthier choices for themselves and their family.
That Sugar Movement, which boasts a growing community of over 400,000 people, answers all the questions the team have been fielding in the three years since the film’s release, such as natural versus added sugars and how to interpret food labels.
Six Spoons in June brings together more than 60 health experts and identities who are passionate advocates for consuming less added sugar and raising awareness of misleading and unregulated food packaging. This month, Six Spoons in June invites all Australians to join the nearly half a million people who are learning to #sticktosix teaspoons in just 30 days.
Can you #sticktosix teaspoons a day?
How to achieve 6 teaspoons or less per day
The first step to reducing daily added sugar consumption is finding out how much we are eating and where the added sugar is in our diet. Then we can decide how much we want to have.
By learning to read food labels and making better choices when we shop and cook, we can teach ourselves to be less dependent on added sugar to enjoy our food and feel good.
You can also sign up to our 30 day Kick Start program for just $79, to help you look and feel better in 30 days.
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 or less of added sugar a 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.
Wholefoods - food that has not been significantly refined or processed, such as beans, fruits and vegetables - may have naturally occurring sugars, such as fructose in fruit and lactose in dairy products.
The naturally occurring sugar in wholefoods is not counted as part of the recommended 6 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day.
Added sugars, also known as free sugars, refers to a refined sugar or sweetener ingredient added to food or drink products, as well as honey, syrups and fruit juice.