Babies, toddlers in US eat way too much added sugar, study finds

Added Sugar Consumption In Toddlers Is On The Rise In The US

Added Sugar Consumption In Toddlers Is On The Rise In The US

Toddlers in the United States are eating too much sugar according to a new study conducted by the Center for Disease Control. The finding showed that the amount of added sugar consumed increased with the age of a child.

Extra sugar consumption has been linked to high levels of obesity, cavities, asthma, and risk factors for heart disease later in life.

Now, according to the CDC, all these pediatric illnesses are triggered by a higher added sugar consumption than normal in toddlers across the USA and the experts recommend parent to avoid feeding their children with products that are known to contain added sugar, such as sweetened cereals, candies, sweet sodas, fruity yogurts, and so on. "These data may be relevant to the upcoming 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans", she said in a society news release.

Children, particularly toddlers, who consume sugary foods are much more likely to make poor diet choices later in life.

"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", Herrick said.

Ready-to-eat cereals, bakery items, sugar-sweetened beverages, yogurt, and candy can be major sources of added sugar.

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

From run-of-the-mill granulated white sugar to high fructose corn syrup, dietitian Dana Angelo White explained how "these sweeteners are a pure source of carbohydrate and have about 15 calories per teaspoon".

Consumption of added sugar among Americans has been a widely discussed subject. While 60 percent of those between the ages of 6 and 11 months old were found to eat added sugar on a given day.

The results revealed that 85 percent of the toddlers and infants studied were consuming added sugars in their daily diet. 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. An apple, for example, contains natural sugar as well as good fiber and nutrients.

Many toddlers get more than the maximum amount suggested for adults, the study found. Regardless of the recommendations, most people in the US eat more than this limit, research shows.

"Once kids start eating table food, they're often eating the same types of foods that Mom and Dad have in their diet", Herrick said in a statement.

In the future, researchers will investigate the specific foods children consume their added sugar. High sugar consumption is also related to high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure. Since 1960, around 190,000 people have taken part in the study in total.

The team plans to further investigate the data, including examining trends over time.