Kids' Sugar Consumption

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kids are still getting way too much added sugar, according to a Centers

for Disease Control report. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the study and some ways you can cut down on your childs intake of added sugar in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Children and teens have cut down on added sugars but still eat too much, according to a Centers for Disease Control report.

About 16 percent of total calories eaten by children and teens are from added sugars, researchers found.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting intake of discretionary calories, including added sugars and solid fats, to a total of 5 to 15 percent daily.

Added sugars are defined as sweeteners added to processed and prepared foods. Eating too much added sugar has been linked to weight gain and an increase in cholesterol levels in teens that may raise the risk of heart disease.

Overall, the children and teens took in 16 percent of their total calories from added sugars. That translates to almost 450 calories a day from added sugar.

Parents can help their kids cut down on added sugar intake by limiting processed foods. This includes kids sugary cereals, granola bars, cookies and candies. And help your child reduce his or her intake of juice and soda.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.