Sneaky SugarPosted on: November 17, 2016Categories: LiveWell 24/7
According to the AHA, children are eating three times as much added sugar as they should be. To combat this problem, only six teaspoons of added sugar and one eight ounce beverage with added sugar should be consumed daily. You may ask, what does six teaspoons of added sugar entail? This equals 100 calories, or 25 grams of sugar. Children under 2 years old should not have any added sugars, as this affects development. This is an important concept, as it is important to break the sugar cravings while the child is young.
These are just a few culprits of sneak sugar containing foods that your kids may be eating regularly:
- 6 ounces of flavored yogurt = 5.4 teaspoons of added sugar
- 1 cup of chocolate pudding = 6.8 teaspoons of added sugar
- 1 cup of spaghetti sauce = 2 teaspoons of added sugar
- Sports drinks
- Table sugar
- High fructose corn syrup
It may seem impossible to eliminate these foods that your kids love and crave. However, small amounts of natural sugar may be added to healthier foods including: Whole-grain cereals, plain yogurt, and oatmeal.
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