Toddlers are consuming way too much sugar. Study shows many exceed adult recommendations.

Posted on Sep 4, 2018 in Health Optimization

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A little of the sweet stuff is okay; the American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day for women and 9 teaspoons daily for men Time.

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.

Added sugar consumption starts for many before their first birthday and increases with age as toddlers between the ages of 19 and 23 months are consuming on average more than 7 teaspoons of added sugar a day. That’s more than the amount found in a Snickers bar.

Eating foods with added sugar at an early age can influence food preferences that set a pattern for less healthy food choices later in life, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

Consuming added sugar has been linked to a host of health problems including skyrocketing obesity rates and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.

“This is the first time we have looked at added sugar consumption among children less than 2 years old,” said lead study author Kirsten Herrick, a nutritional epidemiologist at the CDC. “Our results show that added sugar consumption begins early in life and exceeds current recommendations.”

The study analyzed data from more than 800 infants and toddlers between 6 and 23 months old in the 2011-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey research study.

The study found:

• 85% of all infants and toddlers consumed added sugar on a given day.

• Just over 60% of babies age 6 to 11 months old consume added sugar on average of just under 1 teaspoon a day.

• 98% of toddlers age 12 to 18 months consumed added sugar of 5.5 teaspoons a day

• And by the ages of 19 to 23 months, 99% of children consume an average of more than 7 teaspoons of added sugar a day.

The government does not have guidelines for daily recommended limits for added sugar for children under the age of two. But for children ages 2 to 19 and adult women the suggested limit is 6 teaspoons or less. 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.

According to a new study found that despite the addition non-caloric artificial sweeteners to everyday diets, there has still been a drastic rise in obesity and diabetes. Veuer’s Chandra Lanier has the story.

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