American toddlers consume way too much added sugar, says study

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

Most American Toddlers Eat More Than the Recommended Sugar Intake for Adults, Study Shows

The Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020 reveals that sugar-sweetened beverages make up 39 percent of added sugars in an average American's diet.

Another serious situation shapes up in the U.S., as a recent study carried out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed an increasingly higher added sugar consumption in toddlers. Energy and protein bars can also contain a lot of sugar, and it's also found in the condiments we add to foods: each tablespoon of ketchup contains one teaspoon of sugar.

The CDC just recently launched a website that gives parents advice on diets that limit certain foods and drinks for toddlers and babies.

Those aged between two to 19 years old as well as adult women should not eat more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day, rising to nine for men.

Many toddlers get more than the maximum amount suggested for adults, the study found.

Added sugar is sugar that's put in food during preparation or processing. These added sugars raise the daily calorie intake of the child. Artificial sweeteners with zero calories and natural sugars found in fruits, vegetables and milk weren't included.

But the earlier sugar intake begins, the harder the habit becomes to kick later in life.

Researchers warn that children this young consuming this amount of sugar could be at risk of obesity, asthma and also heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol later in life.

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

Herrick said the findings could have implications for the upcoming revision of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Consumption of added sugar among Americans has been a widely discussed subject.

The DGA will likely be updated in the 2020-2025 edition to include young children.

The results indicate that 85 percent of infants and toddlers consumed added sugar on a given day.

Although the USA 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. Regardless of the recommendations, most people in the US eat more than this limit, research shows. But by the time children reached between 1 and 2 years old, that amount was even higher: 98 to 99 percent of the sugar those children ate was added. However, added sugars are considered more damaging to health because they displace nutritional components of foods and contribute significantly to caloric intake. It is the easiest way to supply the energy, however added sugars come with the catch - the "sugar tolerance" will be formed eventually. Ketchup and other condiments are often loaded with added sugar as well.

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