Sugar: How much is too much?


More than one third of Australians’ total daily energy intake comes from energy-dense, nutrient-poor “discretionary foods”, such as sweetened drinks, alcohol, cakes, confectionery and pastry products, with sugar consumption particularly high in certain pockets of the population, ABS data shows.1

Australians consume an average 60 grams of free sugars per day – the equivalent to 14 teaspoons of white sugar.

However, the ABS data shows some population groups are consuming far more such as boys aged 14–18 who average 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day while the top 10% per cent of teens in terms of consumption have at least 38 teaspoons of free sugars per day.1

GPs are advised to make recommendations based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines, but experts agree that in reality, guidelines are quite vague.