34 | Spring 2017
hen you’re a child, life should be sweet.
Unfortunately, life may be too sweet
for today’s children. Children and teens
should consume less than 6 teaspoons
(about 1 ounce) of “added sugars” a day and drink
no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week,
according to a recent AHA scientific statement about
children (ages 2–18).
Some foods and drinks contain sugar naturally, but
added sugars — which go by many names and find their
way into many products — are introduced during processing
or preparation. A typical 12-oz. soda has between 10 and
13 teaspoons of added sugar. That means one soft drink is
more than a day’s ration of added sugar.
According to the scientific statement, the typical
American child eats about triple the recommended amount
of added sugars, half from food and half from drinks.
Children younger than 2 shouldn’t have any added sugars,
but instead have nutrition-packed diets for growing healthy
brains and bodies.
How much sugar is too much for my child?
Kids & Sugar