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Do you think your school should go sugar-free?

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23rd August 2019

DENTISTS in England want schools to go sugar-free to help tackle tooth decay.

The Faculty of Dental Surgery says more needs to be done to help young people cut down on sugar. It’s produced a new report with several recommendations, such as banning sugar in schools, increasing the tax on unhealthy soft drinks and cutting down on advertising that shows products with lots of sugar in.

The recommendations mean that some sweet treats and school meals could be banned. A Department for Education spokesperson said: “By law, schools must provide pupils with a nutritious school meal and restrict foods high in sugar from being served as part of school lunch options.” The spokesperson said the rules are being updated to further reduce sugar content.

The Faculty has also suggested ways that you can improve your oral health. These include having healthy packed lunches, brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting the dentist regularly.

Tooth decay is an increasing problem, which sees lots of children being taken into hospital. The good news is that it is easily preventable!

Do you think your school should go sugar-free?

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lordsh1p24 · 1 month ago

I do think no sugar is a good idea, but people who need sugar should definitely be allowed it for medical reasons. Also fruit contains a fair amount of natural sugar, so should it be kept or not?

tomcat68 · 1 month ago

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tomcat68 · 1 month ago

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tomcat68 · 1 month ago

I think that schools should go sugar-free because as well as climate change, it appears to be that not many people are seeing diabetes as a major issue as much. So going sugar-free would really help

unicornca · 1 month ago

I think that schools must have some sugar free lunches because some people can't eat sugar and it won't

3dgar · 1 month ago

I don’t think schools should go sugar-free, we need to cut down on sugar but we still need a bit in our diet.

ballet2006 · 1 month ago

first to comment :)

asbml · 1 month ago

Why should we not? It wouldn't be the end of the world if we became healthier and avoid tooth decay!

hector7 · 1 month ago

my school does only lunch boxes

chubbypig1 · 1 month ago

I said yes so, children can find it easier to concentrate in class and it would make it easier for them to learn instead of going hyper in school

nettybetty · 1 month ago

If our schools went sugar free it would prevent tooth decay from happening

emily2009 · 1 month ago

First ;)

catfan123 · 4 weeks ago

I think that schools should go a bit sugar free, as some are very sugary.

forkpower · 4 weeks ago

Yes because it will help us kids to be healthy and thrive throughout our lives whereas if we have sugar we could get addicted to it and it will cause tooth decay.

forkpower · 4 weeks ago

p.s 1st to comment

linecony · 4 weeks ago

Schools should go sugar free because most school children drink loads of drinks which make them overweight and have to have cavity’s and when they are older they might want to have children and you should know to keep healthy!

jeeta1997 · 4 weeks ago

Course, we get plenty of it in our normal diet anyway it would be a healthy change.

bookwormy · 4 weeks ago

yes, because too much sugar can cause tooth decay, and tooth decay can cause illnesses.

thehkh · 4 weeks ago

How are schools going to go 100% sugar free? Even things like bread have sugar. Schools should try and reduce sugar.

ppninja10 · 4 weeks ago

I think that schools shouldn't go sugar-free. I believe that they should keep having low sugar meals. I don't think they need too much sugar though.🍬

missshoe · 4 weeks ago

Although too much sugar is bad for us, sometimes the sweeteners we use to replace them are even worse as some evidence suggests that they can cause some cancers and obesity.

dynamaniac · 4 weeks ago

Sugar is in almost everything

bookworma · 4 weeks ago

sugar is certainly bad for your body, but maybe we shouldn't make schools completely sugar-free!

ameliau · 4 weeks ago

I think yes

pandaworld · 4 weeks ago

I think having no sugar is a great idea, but I think it is also bad because you need to eat a bit of everything and also, it's your OWN body. If you can't control it, who can?

amazeballs · 4 weeks ago

i think that it should be varied so it is healthy but also nice to eat

emeve · 4 weeks ago

I think it's a bad idea; I'm not saying we should eat loads of sugar everyday and that it's healthy for you,because it isn't. But they should still have the option there. I think they should have a day where you have a pudding - like flapjack or something sort of ok-with the option to have no pudding or fruit.

logicno1 · 4 weeks ago

I voted no because it's not sugar that's the problem, it's how much we consume it. Yes schools should be cutting down on it and making food healthier, but I think that problem is bigger in secondary schools as you can also buy a snack (for example, a cookie) without anyone going "That's too much sugar". Although we can't entirely blame schools, we could say that they're telling us to be healthy eaters but then giving us the option to have an unhealthy snack... But that's my opinion

elephant_m · 4 weeks ago

Having no sugar in our diet isn't good. But having too much is bad. I think schools should keep sugar, but put less of it into school meals. Sugar helps us have energy.

pig101 · 4 weeks ago

I think that is impossible

munchie26 · 4 weeks ago

I Think schools should go sugar free because it would help encourage children to eat healthier
And overtime they would get used to the sugar free meals and be living healthier

marla_cat · 3 weeks ago

YES! Schools really need to think about what they are feeding to kids, but not just with sugar. Menus lack variety, and choices for people with allergies or a vegan and vegetarian diet. It is really not healthy to be feeding this amount of meat to kids, and the amount of sugar that is in food is terrible. Most of the food is very sweet and this doesn't even taste nice

ajain123 · 3 weeks ago

I say schools should go sugar free but logically nearly every food has some sugar in it.

12ah · 3 weeks ago

I think school should go added sugar free

spohie123 · 3 weeks ago

I don’t think schools should go sugar free because for example my friend has diobeaties and also you do need a little bit of sugar as long as you don’t eat to much of it

chahou · 3 weeks ago

This is a good way to help people city down on sugar, however, there is natural sugar in many things including fruit.

rosy · 3 weeks ago

I don’t think schools should go sugar free because everything has sugar in so if schools are sugar free there isn’t any food.

flute123 · 3 weeks ago

No because if you stop sugar then the people who have things like diabetes would be envied because they would be allowed it and others won't. Also if children dicide to eat lots of sugar that's there problem.

goldpanda4 · 3 weeks ago

I think that school dinners shouldn’t go sugar free because some sugars provide energy to get you through the school day.

gr8p21 · 3 weeks ago

Sure I said yes but even if the schools went sugar-free children could still bring in to school sweets and sugar, and even if they stopped that children could still go home and have a sugar product. But on the other hand it may be educating the children about how they need to cut down on sugar but equally there could just be children who think that unjust or who don't care. Really it's up to the parents of the children to decide.

kina36 · 3 weeks ago

I think less sugar would help a lot but that doesn't mean that fruits need to go.

witchygirl · 3 weeks ago

People need sugar in their lives to make them energetic so I think that school meals should stay as they are. Otherwise if we went sugar free, we would be lying around all day and not doing much exercise.

wightbike · 3 weeks ago

The problem with sugar is that it gives you a sugar rush so you have a shot of energy and that makes you naughty.

bitzer · 3 weeks ago

I think that the food at school shouldn’t be completely sugar free but should be healthier, like having one day a week vegetarian

catnat · 3 weeks ago

No because then they will be using sweetners in food instead, which are worse really bad for our health.

i.q.t.pup · 2 weeks ago

Look why should you take away sugar? Yet it is bad 4 you but it keeps ur energy up and keeps u happy. Plus sugar has a good amount of SUGAR in it so why take sugar away?

rainlover · 2 weeks ago

Schools can not go sugar free because sometimes we need a little bit

nutmeg2007 · 2 weeks ago

I think that leaving sugar out of the school diet is Important as it would help tackle obesity. However, this shouldn't mean that fruits and other natural sources of sugar should be banned and it should definitely not be replaced by artificial sweetening agents.

unicorn196 · 1 week ago

I want my school to go sugar free because the puddings in MY school are mainly brownies, ice cream and many more!

dalesman · 4 days ago

you would not have ice-cream

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