Most kids love sugar. They are always asking for it and as a parent it is difficult to constantly say no. To learn how to better identify it and how much a child can have without it affecting them we found this article. We hope it helps you improve your child’s health!
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Let’s start with the good news. Kids are consuming less added sugar than they were in 2000. The bad news is that kids are still getting more sugar ??? 16 percent of total calories ??? than the 5 to 15 percent recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Just what is added sugar? Sugar used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as breads, cakes, soft drinks, jams and ice cream, and sugar eaten separately or added to foods at the table. Examples include white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, maple syrup, pancake syrup, fructose sweetener, liquid fructose, honey, molasses, anhydrous dextrose, crystal dextrose and dextrin.
The ugly truth is that added sugar means empty calories (no nutrients beyond calories) that put kids at risk of obesity and health problems that can show up as early as adolescence.
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Read the entire article here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kids-and-sugar/MY02029