Sugar: How Much Is Okay for Kids?
We’re learning more and more about the health risks of sugar all the time. Now, to help fight obesity and obesity-related health problems like diabetes and heart disease, the American Heart Association has issued new recommendations for added sugar intake in children and teens.
According to these recommendations, children between the ages of two and 18 should consume no more than 100 calories of added sugar per day—6 teaspoons. Added sugars include fructose, glucose, and high glucose corn syrup, which are added to foods and drinks for taste or as a preservative. The new recommendation for children under the age of two is no added sugars at all.
Sweetened drinks, including soda, energy drinks, and fruit drinks, are a common source of added sugar for many children and should be limited to once a week. Researchers did not make any recommendations about the use of artificial sweeteners, as there isn’t enough information about how these substances affect children’s health.