Did you know many youths in the United States exceed recommended added sugar intake for adults?
Our team at Mastrovich Dental did some research and found a release on USA Today (6/11, Carrig) that reported a study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests toddlers are consuming too much added sugar, with many actually exceeding adult recommendations. Investigators said that consuming foods with added sugar at such an early age can affect food preferences later in life.
Turns out having a “sweet tooth” or love for sugar begins at a very early age. This has been found to especially be the case in foods and drinks with added sugar.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) having a diet filled with added sugar early in life can influence food preferences in adulthood and lead to more unhealthy food choices.
Consuming added sugar has been found to affect many health conditions including skyrocketing obesity rates and increased risk for diabetes and heart disease.
The sugar consumption levels of toddlers had not been thoroughly or recently studied. Researchers found added sugar intake recommendations were greatly exceeded.
A 2011-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey research study found that by the ages of 19 to 23 months, 99% of children consume an average of more than 7 teaspoons of added sugar a day.
There are no current government guidelines for the daily recommended limits of added sugar for babies, toddlers, and young children. The daily recommendation for kids ages 2 to 19 and for women is 6 teaspoons or less while the limit for men is 9 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day. Thus it is also very important for the entire family (no matter their age) to limit their sugar intake. Parents who eat healthy foods and less added sugar positively influence their kids to make more lifelong healthy lifestyle choices.
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