News Roundup: Recommendations for Added Sugar Intake for Teens and Children

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Last week the American Heart Association (AHA) announced their recommendations for daily added sugar intake for children and teens. The AHA recommends that children and teens between ages 2 and 18 should limit added sugar to less than 25 grams, or about 6 teaspoons, per day. Children younger than 2 years old should not consume any added sugar.

The AHA guidelines come on the heels of last year’s recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) that adults and children should limit their daily added sugar intake to less than 10% of total calories.

This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of blogs and articles related to the new AHA guidelines on added sugar intake.

Children should eat less than 25 grams of added sugars daily. American Heart Association. “Eating foods high in added sugars throughout childhood is linked to the development of risk factors for heart disease, such as an increased risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure in children and young adults… Overweight children who continue to take in more added sugars are more likely to be insulin resistant, a precursor to type 2 diabetes.”

New guidelines on added sugar for kids. CBS News. “Added sugars are often a trick for parents who want to convince their kids to eat foods they might otherwise refuse… it’s best to try to limit added sugar intake to foods that also come with other nutrients, such as milk and whole grains, rather than sugary sodas, for example, which have no nutritional value.”

American Heart Association Issues New Recommendations for Kids and Sugar. ABC News. “We’re talking about added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy products or fruit and really there is mounting evidence that sugar is the major culprit, probably more so than fat and salt, in our diets… We know it triggers addiction centers in the brain. It triggers inflammation in our body, the stimulation of fat around our organs”.

How Much Is Too Much? The growing concern over too much added sugar in our diets. Sugar “It's easy to exceed those limits. With as many as 11 teaspoons (46.2 grams) of added sugar in one 12 oz. soda, a single serving is close to double most people's daily sugar allowance. But sugar also is pervasive in our food supply. A leading brand of yogurt, for example, has 7 teaspoons (29 grams) of total sugars in a single serving, most of it added.”




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