CDC: Toddlers In US Eating Too Much Sugar

Toddlers Consume More 'Added Sugar' Than The Recommended Amount For Adults

Toddlers Consume More 'Added Sugar' Than The Recommended Amount For Adults

The Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 reveals that sugar-sweetened beverages make up 39 percent of added sugars in an average American's diet.

Toddlers in America are eating too much added sugar, and the problem only gets worse as they get older, a new study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control found. "Besides those ending in "ose, ' such as maltose or sucrose", the guidelines say, "other names for sugar include high fructose corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrup, honey or fruit juice concentrates". By 19-23 months, 99 percent of children consumed an average of just over 7 teaspoons of added sugar on a given day. This exceeded the daily recommended limit (for added sugar) which is 6 teaspoons or less for children aged 2 to 19 as well as adult women.

"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", said Herrick.

Parents of 800 children aged 6 to 23 months were questioned on what their child's "added sugar" consumption was in a 24-hour period. Other research has shown that both eating too much naturally occurring sugar and processed sugar can change receptors in the brain, increasing cravings for sweet foods.

But the earlier sugar intake begins, the harder the habit becomes to kick later in life.

The study found 99 percent of a representative sample of United States toddlers age 19-23 months consumed an average of just over 7 teaspoons of added sugar on a given day-more than the amount in a Snicker's® bar. The measured amount of extra sugar reportedly consumed by the children in the study was based entirely on the parent's memory.

Americans are advised to keep added sugars to less than 10 percent of their total diet. It's even worse: toddlers often get sugary drinks and desserts.

The results indicate that 85 percent of infants and toddlers consumed added sugar on a given day.

The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans state that sweetened beverages are the major source of added sugars in typical USA diets-in fact, they account for 47% of all added sugars consumed by Americans. As for children under the age of 2, it is recommended that they avoid eating foods containing added sugar altogether. Previous research suggests most Americans exceed those limits. However, the scientists behind the study are now planning on analyzing the products with added sugar that kids usually consume.

But high amounts of added sugar can be hidden in seemingly healthy food: a single-size serving of yogurt with fruit at the bottom can contain up to six teaspoons of sugar. Since 1960, around 190,000 people have taken part in the study in total. "When hefty doses of these types of added sugars are eaten, it can lead to weight gain and poorly controlled blood sugar levels".

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