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American Infants Consume More Sugar Than Adults


Posted:June 19, 2018

Categories:Family, Nutrition, Rethink your Drink, Sugar

In a recent article in Quartz Media LLC. (written by Annabelle Timsit), a Center for Disease Control and Prevention study discovered 80% of 800 kids between the ages of six to 23 months consume added sugars every single day.

Over 3 years, the data showed that infants between 12 to 18 months consumed 5.5 teaspoons of sugar per day. To put that in perspective, adult women are recommended only 6 teaspoons of sugar per day.

The survey didn't weigh in any of the naturally occuring sugars (like milk and fruit), but instead focused on those sugars present in processed and prepared foods.

Sugar impacts child coginition, cardiac risks, obesity, blood pressure and even a drop in immunity.

Parents are encouraged to cut the amount of sugars through avoiding sweetened beverages and to read nutrition labels carefully. To promote a healthy life for their child, it is best to start raising them on healthy foods early so as to kick start a positive lifestyle free from any of the negative side effects of added sugars.