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How Much Sugar Should My Kids Have

How Much Sugar Should My Kids Have?

We all know children love sugar. Even adults are prone to indulging in sweet treats like chocolate or soda and, in moderation, it is acceptable to enjoy it now and then. What does moderation mean for kids, however, and how much should they be allowed to have? According to the American Heart Association, the answer to that question is less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. This is equivalent to about 25 grams of sugar and 100 calories.

In addition to this daily intake recommendation, it is also advisable that children and teens limit their consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks to no more than 8 ounces weekly. Children under the age of 2 should not consume any foods or beverages that contain added sugar.

Children who consume more than 25 grams of sugar per day throughout childhood put them at a higher risk for developing heart disease, obesity, and elevated blood pressure. They also tend to eat fewer healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other nutrient-rich options necessary for their developing bodies. The more sugar children consume, the greater the increase in health risks. For children who are overweight, the continued intake of added sugar might make them more likely to be insulin resistant, which is a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

To help promote healthy habits for your children, limit the amount of added sugar in their diets.

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This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare providers.