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For the first time ever the American Heart Association (AHA) is taking a stand on sugar intake. The AHA reviewed and graded the most recent scientific evidence for studies examining the cardiovascular health effects of added sugars on children. One of the resulting recommendations is that children ages 2-18 should limit added sugar intake to less than 25 grams per day (6 teaspoons). Limiting added sugar intake can help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.
Currently, it can be difficult to decipher added sugar from naturally occurring sugar in foods and drinks. The new nutrition label will have to specify this differentiation, but food manufacturers have until July 26, 2018 to update their labels. In the meantime, it’s important to be able to recognize “hidden” sources of added sugar.
This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of blogs and articles related to hidden sources of added sugar.
Hidden Sugars may have serious effects on children's heart health. Sugar Science. “AHA recommends the best way to avoid added sugars is to limit foods with little nutritional value and to incorporate more nutrient dense foods like vegetables, whole grains, fruits, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and lean meat.”
Sugar 101. The American Heart Association. “The major sources of added sugars in American diets are regular soft drinks, sugars, candy, cakes, cookies, pies and fruit drinks (fruitades and fruit punch); dairy desserts and milk products (ice cream, sweetened yogurt and sweetened milk); and other grains (cinnamon toast and honey-nut waffles).
You’re Secretly Eating a Ton of Sugar at Lunch. Greatist. “The good thing about frozen meals is that you have access to a nutrition label. The bad thing is that even the healthiest-looking meals can hide some pretty sketchy ingredients.”
Look for These 46 Ways Added Sugar Can Appear on Your Food Label. PopSugar. “There are more than 200 types of added sugars used in processed foods and beverages. Added sugars are in more than 75% of products sold in supermarkets.”