Between the ages of six to 11 months, just over 60% of babies ate added sugar on a given day, at around under one teaspoon on average.
Americans love affair with sugar starts at a very early age as many toddlers are consuming added sugar at levels that exceed the maximum amount recommended for adults, a new study has found. Dr. Herrick said the easiest method of reducing added sugars in one's own and one's children's diets is to choose foods that do not contain added sugars such as fruits and vegetables.
According to American Heart Association, the children who are below 2 years old should avoid consuming food items which consist of added sugar, including baked goods, sugary drinks desserts, ready to eat cereals, candy and yogurt.
According to the results, the researchers found that numerous children in the study ate more added sugar than the recommended amount for adults. Further studies are planned that will better evaluate the specific sources of added sugar children are eating. The team analysed the amount of sugar consumed by checking on amounts of cane sugar, honey, other forms of sugar such as high-fructose corn syrup etc. Sugars found naturally in fruits, vegetables and milk were not included in the analysis as were artificial zero-calorie sweeteners. High sugar consumption is bad for children specifically as it sets poor diet preferences that may lead to them developing bad nutritional choices later in life.
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The study found 99 percent of a representative sample of U.S. toddlers age 19-23 months consumed an average of just over 7 teaspoons of added sugar on a given day-more than the amount in a Snicker's® bar. In a 24 hour window period, all the foods that the child was consuming was recorded. "These data may be relevant to the upcoming 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans", she said in a society news release. It is a source of added sugars and will influence the taste for a lifetime.
The results indicate that 85 percent of infants and toddlers consumed added sugar on a given day. But sugar consumption among toddlers was even worse.
Although the US government's 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) states Americans over the age of 2 should consume less than 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugar, they do not yet include recommendations for children under 2.
But most Americans exceed those limits. Ketchup and other condiments are often loaded with added sugar as well.
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Federal dietary guidelines don't now include recommendations for that age group.
What can parents do to reduce their kids' sugar intake?
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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