American Heart Association (AHA) recommends children 2 to 18 years old should consume less than six teaspoons of added sugars daily (equivalent to 25 grams or around 100 calories).
Published in the journal Circulation
, added sugars are sugars that are either used in processing and preparing food or added to food at the table or are eaten separately. This includes fructose, table sugar, and honey.
Food manufacturers will be required to list added sugars and their amount on the Nutrition Facts Panel starting in July 2018, thus making it easier to follow AHA’s recommendations
Lead author from Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Miriam Vos, said, “Until then, the best way to avoid added sugars in your child’s diet is to serve mostly foods that are high in nutrition, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meat, poultry and fish, and to limit foods with little nutritional value.”
Eating foods that are high in added sugars in childhood can be linked to increased risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure.
Dr. Vox added, “Children who eat foods loaded with added sugars tend to eat fewer healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products that are good for their heart health.”
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One of the most common sources of added sugars is sweetened drinks such as sports drinks, energy drinks, and sodas.
Overweight children who take in more added sugars than recommended are more insulin resistant which is a precursor to type 2 diabetes.
The team recommends
that added sugars should not be included in under 2 years of age children’s diet.