A new study shows American toddlers are getting too much sugar. Further studies are planned that will better evaluate the specific sources of added sugar children are eating. It's been linked to obesity, asthma, dental caries, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at added sugar consumption-sugars in your diet that are not naturally occurring, like those found in fruit and milk, but rather added into foods during preparation or processing. The earlier patient is introduces to high sugar consumption, the heavier the consequences he or she will face during the life.
"The easiest way to reduce added sugars in your own diet and your kids' diet is to choose foods that you know don't have them, like fresh fruits and vegetables", Herrick said. Foods containing added sugars are often not accompanied by the other nutritional benefits one derives from eating foods that naturally contain sugar, such as the fiber and vitamins contained in an apple.
The body processes sugars from foods such as fruits and chocolates in the same way-but the processed sugars in products like the latter are believed to be worse for our health. In the survey, parents were asked to track everything their children ate in a 24-hour period.
From run-of-the-mill granulated white sugar to high fructose corn syrup, dietitian Dana Angelo White explained how "these sweeteners are a pure source of carbohydrate and have about 15 calories per teaspoon". But sugar consumption among toddlers was even worse. But they do suggest adults avoid exceeding more than 12 teaspoons of added sugar each day, based on a 2,000 calorie diet. The recommended daily limit of sugar for children age 2-19 is six teaspoons or less per day, and nine teaspoons or less for adults.
No guidelines are given for children under age 2, but the 2020-2025 edition edition is expected to include recommendations. But that affinity for the sweet stuff starts as early as infancy, with some babies consuming added sugar that exceeds maximum levels recommended for adults, USA researchers report.
But most Americans exceed those limits. She said that future studies are aiming at looking at the types of foods that are contributing to the excess sugar intake in kids as well. However, parents should always have the goal to give their children less added sugar, say the researchers of the study.