USA toddlers are consuming too much sugar finds study

Leslie Hanson
June 13, 2018

Consuming added sugar has been linked to a host of health problems including skyrocketing obesity rates and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. However, the guidelines do not give any suggestions for children younger than 2.

The body processes all types of sugars in the same way, but those added to food are believed to be more harmful.

Another serious situation shapes up in the United States, as a recent study carried out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed an increasingly higher added sugar consumption in toddlers.

The study is expected to be presented at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting during Nutrition 2018.

How is added sugar different from natural sugar? In order to evaluate added sugar consumption, the researchers included any calorie-containing sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup but excluded naturally occurring sugars such as fruits. CDC report warns that toddlers are facing the highest level of added sugars in their diets - and it will pay off dearly during the life of the generation to come.

What were the findings of the new study?

"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.

Accordingly, kids between 1 and 2 years of age were consuming added sugar nearly exclusively and the consumed amount is equal to 7 teaspoons of sugar per day.

According to the results, the researchers found that numerous children in the study ate more added sugar than the recommended amount for adults. 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. Further studies are planned that will better evaluate the specific sources of added sugar children are eating.

The researchers analyzed data from 800 infants and toddlers between 6 and 23 months old in the 2011-2014 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

About 85 percent of them were found to eat added sugar in a given day.

Toddlers are eating too much added sugar, and their consumption is increasing as they get older, according to a new study by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ABC News reported on Sunday.

She also advised people to opt for healthier ways to satisfy a sweet tooth, such as choosing more foods like whole fruits and vegetables and less of pre-sweetened cereals or juices.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article