Toddlers Consume More 'Added Sugar' Than The Recommended Amount For Adults

Maricruz Casares
Junio 13, 2018

However, the study has limitations because the added sugar consumption was measured basis the memory of parents of what their kid ate. Seven teaspoons of added sugar, twice the amount in a cup of chocolate milk, was the average for toddlers between 19 and 23 months.

The researchers analyzed data from 800 infants and toddlers between 6 and 23 months old in the 2011-2014 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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. The finding came as a result of a study done on children between the ages of 6 and 23 months old. Plenty of added sugar in a child's diet can also lead to unhealthy choices in food as an adult.

Children love sugar, but they may be getting fed so much more than a healthy amount, according to a new study. Almost 98 to 99 percent of the sugar consumed by 1- and 2-year-olds was added sugar.

Researchers found sugar consumption starts early in life and increases as babies develop. There are statistically proven links between high sugar and asthma and heart diseases.

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"This is the first time we have looked at added sugar consumption among children less than 2 years", Kirsten Herrick, a nutritional epidemiologist from the CDC, told ABC News. By the time the children were between 19 to 23 months of age, 99 percent were taking in an average of 7 teaspoons of added sugar per day. The research titled "Consumption of added sugars among USA infants aged 6-23 months, 2011-2014" was presented at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in Boston on June 10.

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".

Herrick said the findings could have implications for the upcoming revision of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These added sugars raise the daily calorie intake of the child.

But most Americans exceed those limits.

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". Past studies have pointed towards breakfast cereals, cakes and desserts, sugary drinks, yogurt and candy as the biggest culprits.

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