As per the new guidelines issued by the AHA, teens and children from the age of 2 to 18 must not have a sugar intake of more than 25 grams. Moreover, it has been recommended that children under the age of 2 should not consume drinks or foods with added sugar.
According to the AHA, “Strong evidence supports the association of added sugars with increased cardiovascular disease risk in children through increased energy intake, increased adiposity and dyslipidemia.”
As per these new guidelines, teens and children can have approximately six teaspoons of added sugar on a daily basis, making roughly 100 calories.
According to the senior medical contributor ABC News, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, “We’re talking about added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy products or fruit and really there is mounting evidence that sugar is the major culprit, probably more so than fat and salt, in our diets. We know it triggers addiction centers in the brain. It triggers inflammation in our body, the stimulation of fat around our organs. All of that puts on a pathway to heart disease.”
Furthermore, it has also been advised by the AHA that kids should not have more than one added-sugar drink in a week. Also, it is better to make low fat milk and berries smoothie for the kids in place of buying them a sweetened drink.