Foods that are high in sugar and salt should be avoided, including saturated fat, sugar and salt. They can cause obesity which can lead to heart disease,type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
As this group does not contain any essential nutrients, there are no recommended servings per day. Intake of this type of food should be limited to no more than 1 serving a day maximum and ideally not every day.
Your child should not intake more than 100 calories a day of foods that have a high sugar or salt content. Below are the portion sizes illustrating the maximum your child should have from this group per day.
About 4 squares of chocolate
1 small or fun sized chocolate coated bar
1 bag of lower fat crisps
1 small fairy cake (without icing) or one plain mini muffin
1 chocolate biscuit
About ½ a can of a mineral drink
1 scoop of vanilla ice-cream
Remember to always check the label when choosing foods that are high in fat and sugar.