100 calories for kids' snacks?

PHE urges parents to look for healthier snacks for kids


Parents criticise Government's 100-calorie snack campaign as 'a step too far'

A new healthy eating campaign launched by Public Health England (PHE) has left many parents 'furious' with its 'unrealistic' guidelines.

With latest research showing that children consume at least three unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, parents are being encouraged by the new Change4Life campaign to look for '100 calorie snacks, two a day max' to help them purchase healthier items than the ones they currently buy.

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Choosing healthier snacks

When it comes to snack time, we know it can be hard if your kids are pestering you or helping themselves to whatever they like from the cupboards.

Snacks can all add up – and there's more sugar in them than you think.

Make smarter choices when buying packaged snacks by remembering this top tip: look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max!

How to check for 100 calories

You can buy snacks that are 100 calories and lower in sugar. Many products have 'traffic light' labels on the front of the pack.

The calories are included on the far left-hand side of the label. Choose snacks with more greens and ambers on the label, and cut down on snacks that show any reds.

Not all packaged food has 'traffic light' labels, but you can find out what you need to know about your snacks with the free Food Scanner app.

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