US Infants Eating More Added Sugar Than Adult Limits Before 2nd Birthday

Maricruz Casares
Junio 14, 2018

The results revealed that 85 percent of the toddlers and infants studied were consuming added sugars in their daily diet.

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. 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.

But parents have not been heeding that advice, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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. 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.

Added sugar is sugar that's put in food during preparation or processing. Further studies are planned that will better evaluate the specific sources of added sugar children are eating.

High sugar foods do not add anything nutritionally and contribute to various health conditions later in a child's life.

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The parents of the study participants were asked to note down everything their child ate in a 24-hour period.

Added sugars are sugar and syrups that are added to food products when they are processed or prepared. The body metabolizes natural and added sugars in the same way. "These data may be relevant to the upcoming 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans", she said in a society news release. With age the sugar consumption rose.

Over 60 percent of sugar in the diets of children less than 12-months-old came from foods with added sugar. For adult men, the limit is 9 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day.

"Once kids start eating table food, they're often eating the same types of foods that Mom and Dad have in their diet, and other research has demonstrated that adults exceed recommendations for added sugar too", said Herrick. "Our results show that added sugar consumption begins early in life and exceeds current recommendations".

The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans state that sweetened beverages are the major source of added sugars in typical U.S. diets-in fact, they account for 47% of all added sugars consumed by Americans. Since 1960, around 190,000 people have taken part in the study in total. Dried fruits are also loaded with sugar - there are 21 teaspoons in one cup of dried fruit alone. Other studies have identified ready-to-eat cereals, bakery items and other desserts, sugar-sweetened beverages, yogurt and candy to be significant sources of added sugar in children's diets.

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