American toddlers consume way too much added sugar, says study

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More than half of 6 to 11-month-olds surveyed were given added sugar on a given day.

Unfortunately, consuming these foods in excess starts when we are young, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. "And other research has demonstrated that adults exceed recommendations for added sugar too". The recommended daily limit of sugar for children age 2-19 is six teaspoons or less per day, and nine teaspoons or less for adults.

Under current recommendations, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) state anyone 2 and older should not be getting more than 10 percent of daily calories from added sugar.

"The easiest way to reduce added sugars in your own diet and your kids' diet is to choose foods that you know don't have them, like fresh fruits and vegetables", said Herrick.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has more on added sugars.

There is no chemical difference between natural sugars in fruits, vegetables, and milk, and processed sugars.

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Added sugars include brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose, according to the CDC.

That oldest group consumed an average of 7.1 teaspoons of added sugar each day - more than the amount of sugar in a Snickers bar. The measured amount of extra sugar reportedly consumed by the children in the study was based entirely on the parent's memory. "These data may be relevant to the upcoming 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans", she said in a society news release.

Almost every toddler consumed added sugar. Regardless of the recommendations, most people in the US eat more than this limit, research shows. With age the sugar consumption rose.

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. However, added sugars are considered more damaging to health because they displace nutritional components of foods and contribute significantly to caloric intake.

The latest nutritional guidelines for the USA, which were updated in 2015 and will be reviewed in 2020, do not give recommendations for children under the age of two. For adult men, the limit is 9 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day. However, the scientists behind the study are now planning on analyzing the products with added sugar that kids usually consume. "When hefty doses of these types of added sugars are eaten, it can lead to weight gain and poorly controlled blood sugar levels". Since 1960, around 190,000 people have taken part in the study in total.

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