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Toddlers are eating too much sugar: CDC study

13 June 2018

Even more, the trend is aggravating as they grow up, says the CDC.

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.

"This is the first time we have looked at added sugar consumption among children less than 2 years old", she said. These children took part in the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey or NHANES that took place from 2011 to 2014. Those who were between 19 and 23 months were found to consume an average of more than 7 teaspoons of added sugar on a given day.

However, the study has limitations because the added sugar consumption was measured basis the memory of parents of what their kid ate.

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A new study has shown that children in the United States are consuming too much added sugars and their daily intake exceeds the amounts recommended for adults. She presented the findings on Sunday 10 June at Nutrition 2018, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition held in Boston.

Researchers found sugar consumption starts early in life and increases as babies develop.

There is no chemical difference between natural sugars in fruits, vegetables, and milk, and processed sugars. The Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 reveals that sugar-sweetened beverages make up 39 percent of added sugars in an average American's diet.

According to both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, children under the age of 2 shouldn't consume foods or drinks with added sugars at all.

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Herrick said the best way to cut sugar from the diets of children and adults is to "choose foods that you know don't have them, like fresh fruits and vegetables". But they do suggest adults avoid exceeding more than 12 teaspoons of added sugar each day, based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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".

The researchers say that at present there are no specific recommendations for children under the age of 2 years in the U.S. government's 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Regardless of the recommendations, most people in the USA eat more than this limit, research shows. These could be from bakery foods or ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, desserts or sweets and candy.

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Toddlers are eating too much sugar: CDC study