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Toddlers could be consuming more sugar than recommended for adults, study finds

Patty Aguilar | 13 June, 2018, 21:32

Seven teaspoons of added sugar, twice the amount in a cup of chocolate milk, was the average for toddlers between 19 and 23 months.

Consumption of added sugar among Americans has been a widely discussed subject.

"This is the first time we have looked at added sugar consumption among children less than 2 years old", said lead study author Kirsten Herrick, a nutritional epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers explain that these kids could also be at risk of making bad food choices later in life. The earlier patient is introduces to high sugar consumption, the heavier the consequences he or she will face during the life. The Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 reveals that sugar-sweetened beverages make up 39 percent of added sugars in an average American's diet.

Last Updated: June 10, 2018. Children will consider food without added sugar "not tasty". Further studies are planned that will better evaluate the specific sources of added sugar children are eating. They are usually found in foods that do not contain natural fibres which are beneficial for health.

"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 suggested. The finding came as a result of a study done on children between the ages of 6 and 23 months old.

This study was carried out with the participation of the parents of 800 children from Maryland, aged between 6 and 23 months, who were consuming added sugars. In a 24 hour window period, all the foods that the child was consuming was recorded.

The body processes all types of sugars in the same way, but those added to food are believed to be more harmful. By the age of 12 to 18-months, this figure rose to 98%-at around 5.5 teaspoons. To measure the consumption of added sugar, the researchers documented foods containing cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey and other forms of sugar. These differences were not seen in the younger age group. However, parents should always have the goal to give their children less added sugar, say the researchers of the study. However soon to be developed is the 2020-2025 edition that will outline the recommended amounts of sugars and fats children under 2 should consume.

Despite these recommendations, however, a previous study shows that the majority of Americans consume more than what they're supposed to.

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