Another serious situation shapes up in the US, as a recent study carried out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed an increasingly higher added sugar consumption in toddlers. Even more, the trend is aggravating as they grow up, says the CDC. In the last decades, the United States faced with increasing number of childhood obesity cases, pediatric diabetes, and pediatric hypertension.
Now, according to the CDC, all these pediatric illnesses are triggered by a higher added sugar consumption than normal in toddlers across the US and the experts recommend parent to avoid feeding their children with products that are known to contain added sugar, such as sweetened cereals, candies, sweet sodas, fruity yogurts, and so on.
“This is the first time we have looked at added sugar consumption among children less than 2 years old,” stated Kirsten Herrick, a nutritional epidemiologist at the CDC and the study’s leading author, for ABC News.
Higher added sugar consumption in toddlers aggravates as they grow up
This study was carried out with the participation of the parents of 800 children from Maryland, aged between 6 and 23 months, who were consuming added sugars.
The researchers observed that younger children presented a lower sugar consumption, while older children were consuming added sugar almost exclusively:
- From 6-month-old to 11-month-old – 61% added sugar;
- From 1 year to 2 years old – 98% added sugar consumption;
Accordingly, kids between 1 and 2 years of age were consuming added sugar almost exclusively and the consumed amount is equal to 7 teaspoons of sugar per day.
However, the study’s results could be unintentionally biased as it was based on parents’ answers, thus, it can’t be taken as a 100% conclusive study. However, the scientists behind the study are now planning on analyzing the products with added sugar that kids usually consume.
In conclusion, increasingly higher added sugar consumption in toddlers represents a serious problem in the US because it exposes the young Americans to diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, or obesity, among others.