American Heart Association sets added sugar limit of six teaspoons per day for kids & ZERO for tots under age 2Marni Fogelson-Teel 08/25/16 filed under: health & body, kids health, news, parenting
One of the many things to do on the list of being a parent is monitoring the amount of sugar your kids are consuming. And it’s a tricky task to keep track of: sugars are hidden just about everywhere, including under all sorts of not-sugary-sounding names. The American Heart Association’s new guidelines have set a limit on suggested added sugar consumption: six teaspoons or 25 grams per day (and zero for kids under age two). If six teaspoons sounds like a lot, consider this: a tablespoon of ketchup has one teaspoon of sugar. One can of sugar-sweetened soda adds up to a whopping 10 teaspoons of added sugars. The average child in the U.S. is consuming double or even triple the recommended amount of daily added sugars, which could lead to issues including obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol. We know it’s tough to be the sugar police, especially when the other kids are pulling out lunches and snacks packed with this addictive substance. If your kiddo complains next time you put the kibosh on daily (or hourly sweet treats), just tell them it’s doctor’s orders. And the good news about starting to limit sugar now: a study last year showed that reducing sugars in children’s diets can improve their health in as little as ten days. Also, sorting out the sugar confusion (naturally occurring, such as those found in fruit, versus added) will get easier in July 2018: the U.S. will require food labels to differentiate between total sugars and added sugars.