Americans' Obsession With Sugar Starts in Infancy

A recent study by the CDC said many young children are getting too much added sugar

And that added sugar added up: the oldest toddlers in the study, aged between 19 to 23 months, averaged about seven teaspoons of added sugar per day, more than the amount in a Kit Kat bar, the study found. That is the equivalent of a Snickers. Parents of more than 80% of kids aged six to 23 months reported their children consumed at least some added sugar on a given day. Further studies are planned that will better evaluate the specific sources of added sugar children are eating.

Added sugars include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose, according to the CDC.

Excessive sugar intake can lead to obesity, risk factors for heart disease, and cavities.

The American toddlers are consuming way too much of added sugar while the problem gets worse when they start getting older, says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She presented the findings on Sunday 10 June at Nutrition 2018, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition held in Boston. Other research has shown that both eating too much naturally occurring sugar and processed sugar can change receptors in the brain, increasing cravings for sweet foods. That's because they don't have the same nutritional value, such as vitamins and fiber, as unprocessed foods and contain high levels of calories. These children took part in the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey or NHANES that took place from 2011 to 2014. It is the easiest way to supply the energy, however added sugars come with the catch - the "sugar tolerance" will be formed eventually. Energy and protein bars can also contain a lot of sugar, and it's also found in the condiments we add to foods: each tablespoon of ketchup contains one teaspoon of sugar. But by the time children reached between 1 and 2 years old, that amount was even higher: 98 to 99 percent of the sugar those children ate was added.

The results indicate that 85 percent of infants and toddlers consumed added sugar on a given day. It's also been associated with higher cholesterol levels and elevated blood pressure. "These data may be relevant to the upcoming 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans".

The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans state that sweetened beverages are the major source of added sugars in typical USA diets-in fact, they account for 47% of all added sugars consumed by Americans. Regardless of the recommendations, most people in the US eat more than this limit, research shows. Past studies have pointed towards breakfast cereals, cakes and desserts, sugary drinks, yogurt and candy as the biggest culprits.

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