U.S. babies, toddlers consume sugar well beyond recommended levels

U.S. babies, toddlers consume sugar well beyond recommended levels

But how young are most children when the habit starts?

There is no chemical difference between natural sugars in fruits, vegetables, and milk, and processed sugars.

Another serious situation shapes up in the USA, as a recent study carried out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed an increasingly higher added sugar consumption in toddlers. It is a source of added sugars and will influence the taste for a lifetime.

High sugar foods do not add anything nutritionally and contribute to various health conditions later in a child's life. In order to evaluate added sugar consumption, the researchers included any calorie-containing sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup but excluded naturally occurring sugars such as fruits. "When hefty doses of these types of added sugars are eaten, it can lead to weight gain and poorly controlled blood sugar levels". The earlier patient is introduces to high sugar consumption, the heavier the consequences he or she will face during the life.

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.

Moreover, the oldest children in the study, between the age of 19 to 23 months, consumed an average of around seven teaspoons of added sugar each day, which is more than the amount of sugar present in a Kit Kat bar, the findings of the study showed.

A new study suggests children in America are eating too much sugar, and too soon.

Look at an average American toddler's diet, and you'll find added sugar, a new study found - sometimes more of the sweet stuff than even their parents should be eating.

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 the future, researchers will investigate the specific foods children consume their added sugar. Factoring in added sugar taken with coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages, the number gets bumped up to 47 percent. While around 60 percent of babies between ages 6 months to 11 months consumed an average of 1 teaspoon of added sugars, 98 percent of children aged between 12 to 18 months were consuming an average of 5.5 teaspoons of sugar a day. Past studies have pointed towards breakfast cereals, cakes and desserts, sugary drinks, yogurt and candy as the biggest culprits.

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