Declaring War on Sugar

REDUCING SUGAR INTAKE FOR CHILDREN

American Heart Association • Aug 31, 2016

The American Heart Association has issued new recommendations for sugar intake among children and adolescents. It is recommending that children 2-18 years old should have no more than 100 calories (6 teaspoons) from added sugar daily and children younger than two should have none.

Added sugars include fructose, glucose and high-fructose corn syrup, they are added to foods and drinks during processing for taste and preservation. A high intake of added sugars during childhood can increase risk factors for heart disease, such as obesity and high blood pressure.

For a look at added sugars and their effects, read the July article in the American Heart Association News:

Kids and added sugars: How much is too much?

 

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