Apparently, if your kids drink even ONE can of soda — or any other sugary drink — a week, you’re parenting all wrong! Pretty shocking, right? But according to a new study, kids consuming more than 8 ounces of sweet drinks over a 7-day period can lead to a handful of scary health complications. Get the details here!
We all know that sugar, especially when consumed in excess, is not healthy. But this fact is even MORE true for children, and, according to a new study published Aug. 22 in the journal, Circulation, the American Heart Association now recommends that kids ages two to 18 sip no more than eight ounces of sugary drinks in a week. And that is certainly easier said than done!
After all, sugary drinks are everywhere and include everything from sodas, sports and energy drinks, to even fruit-flavored waters, and sweetened teas. And since these popular beverages are typically sold in 12-ounce cans or 20-ounce bottles, that means even ONE can surpass your kid’s soft drink budget for the entire week!
But although it may be difficult, it’s extremely important to stick to a strict sugar limit because too much sugar can lead to significant health issues in children. “Sugary drinks are the number one source of calories from added sugar in the American diet and in children’s diets, so this is a great place to start in cutting sugar,” Dr. Rachel Johnson, co-author of the new AHA recommendations, told the Daily News.
Rachel and a team of other researchers combed through studies that proved children who chug sugary drinks are at greater risk of obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, which is all pretty scary! But unfortunately, soft drinks weren’t the only thing thing the AHA addressed. Sugar in GENERAL is extremely harmful to youngsters.
The AHA limits the recommended added sugar intake for kids and teens to less than 6 teaspoons (or 25 grams) a day, which is HALF of the FDA overall daily allowance of 12.5 teaspoons, or 50 grams, for someone older than 3.
And for children under two years old, they should have no added sugars in their diet at all, which is to help stop them from developing a sweet tooth. Looks like it’s time to really cut back on the sweets!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — what do you think about this new study? Is limiting sugar something you try to do?