Sometimes I want

Sometimes all of us feel like having some kinds of foods or drinks which aren’t so healthy. These things include:

  • hot chips and potato crisps
  • lollies and chocolate
  • biscuits, cakes and doughnuts
  • ice cream and slushies
  • fast foods/take away
  • soft drinks, cordial and energy drinks
  • pies and sausage rolls.


BUT- these foods and drinks have a lot of fat, salt, or sugar, and not enough of the good stuff. If you eat them regularly, you can put on weight and risk getting diabetes or heart disease.

This fact sheet has been developed by Youthblock Youth Health Service, Sydney Local Health District for the Yhunger program.

How much is ok?

It’s ok to eat some of these foods sometimes if you:

  • keep to small amount
  • seat them only 2 or 3 times a week
  • are physically active.


For small amounts, think 2 to 3 sweet biscuits, one small can of soft drink, 30g potato crisps (that’s less than a small packet), 2 scoops of ice cream, half a small chocolate bar.


Soft drinks = lots of sugar

Soft drinks are full of sugar.

In one 375ml can there is 8 teaspoons of sugar.

It is easy to consume a lot of sugar when drinking sugary drinks, because they don’t make us feel full – so we can keep drinking! Tooth decay and weight gain are common side effects from having sugar-sweetened drinks too often.


What can you do?

  • If you really want it, have it sometimes.
  • Choose a small size.
  • Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and a couple of healthy snacks everyday.
  • Drink tap water instead of soft drinks.
  • Take some of your own food with you when you go out – it’s cheaper and healthier.

Have Bubble tea occasionally

Bubble tea, also called boba tea or pearl milk tea, is a popular drink made from tea, milk (or a milk substitute), flavoured syrups, jelly and/or tapioca pearls (the ‘bubbles’) that contain added sugars. The amount of sugar and energy in bubble tea depends on what kind of tea you get, what topping you have, and how big the tea is.

For example, a regular sized (500 ml or 16 Oz) Pearl Milk Bubble Tea has 38g or 9 teaspoons of sugar.

The World Health Organisation recommends having 5 to 10 teaspoons of added sugar a day. So just one serve of bubble tea has almost 100% of recommended added sugars for the day.