U.S. toddlers are consuming too much sugar finds study

Desiree Burns
June 13, 2018

Another serious situation shapes up in the U.S., as a recent study carried out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed an increasingly higher added sugar consumption in toddlers. At least 60 percent of the children were consuming added sugars before their first birthday, the study found.

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

The study analyzed data from more than 800 infants and toddlers between 6 and 23 months old in the 2011-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey research study.

However, the study has limitations because the added sugar consumption was measured basis the memory of parents of what their kid ate.

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.

The study is expected to be presented at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting during Nutrition 2018. The earlier patient is introduces to high sugar consumption, the heavier the consequences he or she will face during the life. 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.

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Herrick said the findings could have implications for the upcoming revision of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

According to both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, children under the age of 2 shouldn't consume foods or drinks with added sugars at all.

"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.

Researchers cataloged food items that contained extra cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey and other sugars.

The results revealed that 85 percent of the toddlers and infants studied were consuming added sugars in their daily diet. However, parents should always have the goal to give their children less added sugar, say the researchers of the study. The DGA will likely be updated in the 2020-2025 edition to include young children. These could be from bakery foods or ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, desserts or sweets and candy.

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