US Babies, Toddlers Eat Way Too Much Added Sugar, Study Finds

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

Eating foods with added sugar leads to a number of health conditions, including obesity, cavities and possibly heart disease. However, the guidelines do not give any suggestions for children younger than 2. While it doesn't actually have a chemical difference from natural sugar in fruits, vegetables, and dairy, the added sugar are reportedly more harmful due to its tendency of displacing nutritional components and adding significant calories to the diet.

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. She presented the findings on Sunday 10 June at Nutrition 2018, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition held in Boston.

The CDC added sugar study did have an explicit limitation. That's because they don't have the same nutritional value, such as vitamins and fiber, as unprocessed foods and contain high levels of calories.

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.

For the study, parents of 800 children between the age of 6 to 23 months were asked how much added sugar their children consumed in a time period of 24 hours.

Researchers found sugar consumption starts early in life and increases as babies develop.

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"This is the first time we have looked at added sugar consumption among children less than 2 years old", she said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found, on average, toddlers eat more than seven teaspoons of added sugar a day. Further studies are planned that will better evaluate the specific sources of added sugar children are eating.

The researchers got the data from the 2011-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The government does not have guidelines for daily recommended limits for added sugar for children under the age of two.

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

But that affinity for the sweet stuff starts as early as infancy, with some babies consuming added sugar that exceeds maximum levels recommended for adults, US researchers report. Past studies have pointed towards breakfast cereals, cakes and desserts, sugary drinks, yogurt and candy as the biggest culprits.

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