U.S. Babies, Toddlers Eat Way Too Much Added Sugar, Study Finds

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

Now, according to the CDC, all these pediatric illnesses are triggered by a higher added sugar consumption than normal in toddlers across the U.S. and the experts recommend parent to avoid feeding their children with products that are known to contain added sugar, such as sweetened cereals, candies, sweet sodas, fruity yogurts, and so on.

Eating too much foods containing added sugar has been associated with a number of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and even some cancers. This is apart from the known risk of dental caries.

"This is the first time we have looked at added sugar consumption among children less than 2 years old", lead study author Kirsten Herrick, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nutritional epidemiologist, says in a statement. This exceeded the daily recommended limit (for added sugar) which is 6 teaspoons or less for children aged 2 to 19 as well as adult women. "These data may be relevant to the upcoming 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans", she said in a society news release.

Last Updated: June 10, 2018. 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 advises. By 19 to 23 months, 99% of children ate an average of over seven teaspoons of added sugar on a given day.

The body processes all types of sugars in the same way, but those added to food are believed to be more harmful. With age the sugar consumption rose. Almost 98 to 99 percent of the sugar consumed by 1- and 2-year-olds was added sugar. More than half of 6 to 11-month-olds surveyed were given added sugar on a given day. 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. These differences were not seen in the younger age group.

Parents of 800 children aged 6 to 23 months were questioned on what their child's "added sugar" consumption was in a 24-hour period.

Despite these recommendations, however, a previous study shows that the majority of Americans consume more than what they're supposed to. Past studies have pointed towards breakfast cereals, cakes and desserts, sugary drinks, yogurt and candy as the biggest culprits.

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