Kirsten Herrick, the lead author of the study and a nutritional epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a statement that this is the first time the body has looked at how much added sugar children below the age of two eat. Dr. Herrick said the easiest method of reducing added sugars in one's own and one's children's diets is to choose foods that do not contain added sugars such as fruits and vegetables.
The researchers arrived at this finding after conducting a survey with parents and their children who were between the ages of 6 and 23 months old.More news: Garmin Vivoactive 3 gets onboard storage for music
It turns out, the average toddler's intake of added sugar even exceeds the recommended amount of added sugar for adults.
Added sugar is sugar that's put in food during preparation or processing. The finding showed that the amount of added sugar consumed increased with the age of a child. The earlier patient is introduces to high sugar consumption, the heavier the consequences he or she will face during the life.
Researchers warn that children this young consuming this amount of sugar could be at risk of obesity, asthma and also heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol later in life. Toddlers from 19 to 23 months are getting 7 teaspoons of added sugar a day - from cookies, drinks and ready-to-eat cereals. The measured amount of extra sugar reportedly consumed by the children in the study was based entirely on the parent's memory. With age the sugar consumption rose. However, added sugars are considered more damaging to health because they displace nutritional components of foods and contribute significantly to caloric intake. Some 98 percent of toddlers between 12 and 18 months ate foods with added sugar.More news: Prince Harry, Meghan to visit Australia, New Zealand
Despite these recommendations, however, a previous study shows that the majority of Americans consume more than what they're supposed to.
This tracks (pdf) with an increase in United States sugar intake broadly: In 1970, Americans ate 123 pounds of sugar per year, and today, the average American consumes nearly 152 pounds of sugar per year. Men, on the other hand, need 150 calories or about 9 or less teaspoons per day.
"Once kids start eating table food, they're often eating the same types of foods that Mom and Dad have in their diet, and other research has demonstrated that adults exceed recommendations for added sugar too", said Herrick. Since 1960, around 190,000 people have taken part in the study in total.More news: United Nations seeks urgent ceasefire to stop UAE assault on Yemeni port
"Added sugars" are sugars added as a powder or sucrose syrup. However, the scientists behind the study are now planning on analyzing the products with added sugar that kids usually consume.