Food for Health : Limit Sugar Intake for Kids

Healthy lifestyle for children aged 2-18 years old should not eat sugar beyond the amount recommended.

Children ages 2 to 18 years is highly recommended to eat sugar no more than six teaspoons a day-to-day, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association.

Researchers reports limit sugar consumption for children around six teaspoons or equal to 100 calories or 25 grams.

“Foods high in sugar is associated with excess weight, obesity, insulin resistance, cholesterol abnormalities and fatty liver disease in children. All these conditions increase cardiovascular risk in the future,” said Dr. Miriam Vos, a professor of pediatrics at Emory University and children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the lead author of the study.

“I hope that these recommendations help parents and organizations responsible for caring for the children to work together to realize a healthy diet for children,” he said.

“How much sugar should be consumed by children has become a confusing issue for parents, and these recommendations provide answers for parents to understand and it will make a big difference to the health of children,” he continued.

The researchers have analyzed more than 100 previous papers and research on the health effects of added sugar-induced heart given to children.

They also analyzed dietary data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey about how much added sugar consumed in the United States in 2009-2012.

The researchers concluded that children now consume more than the recommended amount of a new day.

The latest dietary guidelines released by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends parents to limit the provision of candy to children