The American Heart Association (AHA) recently suggested that all children between the ages of 2 and 18 should not consume more than 25 grams of sugar per day.
25 grams represents the equivalent of six teaspoons of sugar which can translate into 100 calories. Specialists believe that this is a healthy and achievable target.
This limit of added sugar comprehends any sugar, including fructose, honey, powdered sugar, and so on. Added sugar could increase obesity rates and cause elevated blood pressure in children and young adults. They can also become insulin resistant which is a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Moreover, they can be afflicted with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Fruit-flavoured, sports drinks, or sweetened teas and energy drinks are the most common sources of sugar intake. The author of the study believes that children should not drink more than one eight-ounce sugar-sweetened drink a week yet they continue to consume these products in excess.
The statement also announced that children younger than 2 years should not consume foods or beverages with added sugars at all. The calorie needs of a child in this age group are lower than older children and grown-ups, so there is little place for meals and beverages carrying added sugars that don’t supply them with a good nutrition.
Moreover, limiting children’s intake of added sugar at a young age could help them develop a life-long inclination for healthier foods. It is highly recommended to serve children foods that are high in nutrition, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meat, poultry, and fish.
The best way to limit added sugar in the child’s diet is to limit foods with little nutritional value.
The typical American child is believed to consume three times the advised amount of added sugars. This is the reason why, starting July 2018, food products sold in the United States will have to post the amount of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts Panel.
These recommended limits are considered to significantly help parents and public health advocates provide the best nutrition possible for children.
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