Added Sugar Consumption In Toddlers Is On The Rise In The US

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 13, 2018

Excessive sugar intake is linked to obesity, cavities, asthma, and risk factors for heart disease. However, the guidelines do not give any suggestions for children younger than 2. "Our results show that added sugar consumption begins early in life and exceeds current recommendations".

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that American children are consuming too much "added sugar" before they even reach their first birthday. They do not include naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruits, vegetables, and milk. The research titled "Consumption of added sugars among USA infants aged 6-23 months, 2011-2014" was presented at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in Boston on June 10. It is a source of added sugars and will influence the taste for a lifetime.

The CDC added sugar study did have an explicit limitation.

High sugar foods do not add anything nutritionally and contribute to various health conditions later in a child's life. Added sugar consumption was highest among non-Hispanic black children and lowest among non-Hispanic white children in kids aged between 12 and 23 months. High sugar consumption is also related to high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Daily recommended limits for added sugar are 6 teaspoons or less a day for children 2 to 19 years old and for adult women, and 9 teaspoons or less a day for adult men.

For the study, parents of 800 children between the age of 6 to 23 months were asked how much added sugar their children consumed in a time period of 24 hours.

A representative study of toddlers showed that 99% of children aged between 19 to 23 months eat over seven teaspoons of added sugar each day on average.

In the future, researchers will investigate the specific foods children consume their added sugar.

The researchers got the data from the 2011-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

"Once kids start eating table food, they're often eating the same types of foods that Mom and Dad have in their diet, and other research has demonstrated that adults exceed recommendations for added sugar too", Herrick said.

About 85 percent of them were found to eat added sugar in a given day.

She also advised people to opt for healthier ways to satisfy a sweet tooth, such as choosing more foods like whole fruits and vegetables and less of pre-sweetened cereals or juices.

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