The researchers pointed out that toddlers really should be getting sugar from fruits and vegetables, not from foods with added sugar. High sugar consumption is bad for children specifically as it sets poor diet preferences that may lead to them developing bad nutritional choices later in life. She presented the findings on Sunday 10 June at Nutrition 2018, the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutrition held in Boston.
These properties of added sugar contributes to its effects.
The CDC added sugar study did have an explicit limitation.
The researchers explain that foods that contain added sugars are not beneficial for the body as they do not provide the benefits that fruits and vegetables that naturally contain sugars provide.
Researchers cataloged food items that contained extra cane sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey and other sugars. "Our results show that added sugar consumption begins early in life and exceeds current recommendations". The problem will be even bigger as they will get older, a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control concludes.
Now, according to the CDC, all these pediatric illnesses are triggered by a higher added sugar consumption than normal in toddlers across the United States and the experts recommend parent to avoid feeding their children with products that are known to contain added sugar, such as sweetened cereals, candies, sweet sodas, fruity yogurts, and so on.
They found that 85 percent of the infants and toddlers consumed added sugar on a given day and that added sugar consumption rose with age. Ninety-nine percent of toddlers ages 19-23 months took in an average of 7 teaspoons of added sugar on a given day.
But that affinity for the sweet stuff starts as early as infancy, with some babies consuming added sugar that exceeds maximum levels recommended for adults, USA researchers report.
Daily recommended limits for added sugar are 6 teaspoons or less a day for children 2 to 19 years old and for adult women, and 9 teaspoons or less a day for adult men.
How can people reduce their intake of added sugars? Past studies have pointed towards breakfast cereals, cakes and desserts, sugary drinks, yogurt and candy as the biggest culprits.