ICYMI - which means "in case you missed it" ... new scientific evidence reveals the dangers of too much sugar for our kids. New recommendations by the American Heart Association are as follows: Experts recommend that children ages 2-18 consumer less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Also recommended is limiting sugary beverage consumption to no more than one 8 ounce serving per week. The recommendations also advise that children under the age of two should not consumer any foods and beverages with added sugars.
According to the statement by the AHA, eating foods high in added sugars throughout childhood is linked to the development of risk factors for heart disease, such as an increased risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure in children and young adults.
“Children who eat foods loaded with added sugars tend to eat fewer healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products that are good for their heart health,” said Miriam Vos, M.D., Ms.P.H, lead author, nutrition scientist and associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
The likelihood of children developing these health problems rises with an increase in the amount of added sugars consumed. Overweight children who continue to take in more added sugars are more likely to be insulin resistant, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, according to the statement.
“There has been a lack of clarity and consensus regarding how much added sugar is considered safe for children, so sugars remain a commonly added ingredient in foods and drinks, and overall consumption by children remains high – the typical American child consumes about triple the recommended amount of added sugars,” said Vos.