Children should consume at most 25g of sugar per day
The growth of childhood obesity is a concern for different countries. The American Heart Association has published a new recommendation on the consumption of sugar by children and adolescents in the medical journal "Circulation."
According to the organization, people aged 2 to 18 can consume at most 25 grams of sugar per day, equivalent to six teaspoons. This limit is valid only for sugar added during industrial processing or food preparation.
The association warns that children under the age of two should not consume any added sugar. What is recommended for children and adolescents is that consumption of sugar happens naturally, as in fruits or milk. The World Health Organization (WHO) had already indicated that the level of added sugar could not exceed 10% of the total daily calories consumed.
Professor Miriam Vos of the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and one of the "There has been a lack of clarity and consensus about how much added sugar is considered to be healthy for children, so there is a lack of clarity and consensus on how much sugar is added to children. sugar remains an ingredient commonly found in foods and beverages and overall consumption by children remains high - the typical American child consumes about three times the recommended amount, "says Miriam Vos.
Excessive sugar consumption in childhood may increase the development of heart disease during adulthood, and may also result in obesity and hypertension. "We believe the scientific evidence for our recommendations is strong and having a targeted amount will significantly help parents and public health advocates to promote the best possible nutrition for children," she added. American Heart Association has shown that sugary drinks, soft drinks and processed juices are the main sources of added sugar. The recommendation of the association is that people consume only 230 ml of this type of drink per week.
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