How much is too much added sugar for children?

How much is too much added sugar for children

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – If grocery shopping is on your to-do list this weekend, you may want to skip the sugary snacks for your children.

The American Heart Association released its first ever added sugar guidelines for children.

While the sweet stuff is a pick me up for taste buds, studies show adding too much may increase inflammation in the bodies arteries and other organs. It can also lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and even heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, children ages two to 18 should consume no more than six teaspoons per day. That's about 100 calories or 25 grams.

VIEW: American Heart Association's study

To put that into perspective, a 12 ounce soft drink has 39 grams.

Sodas and sports drinks should be limited to one per week, and kids younger than 2 years old should have no added sugar at all.

Doctors say too much sugar can hurt a child's metabolism and change their palate.

While sugar cravings are real, they can be stopped. Doctors recommend putting children on a healthier diet, and eventually they will crave healthier foods as they eat healthier foods.
 
By July of 2018 added sugar will have its own line on nutritional labels so you can see exactly how much is in each product. Until then, doctors say to stick to natural sugars like those found in milk, fruits and vegetables.

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