For children no more than six small teaspoons of sugar a day
Obesity, tooth decay, diabetes: It has long been known that sugar consumption is too high. Unfortunately, far too much of the sweetener is still consumed. According to health experts, children should not consume more than 25 grams of sugar a day. This corresponds approximately to the amount of six small teaspoons.
A high sugar consumption endangers health
Too much sugar makes you fat and sick - this has been proven in various studies. It has long been known that high sugar consumption can lead to obesity, dental diseases or diabetes. In addition, it was found decades ago that too much sugar appears to pose a similar risk for cardiovascular diseases as the high consumption of saturated fatty acids. However, the sugar industry had paid for fake study results at the time, so the actual findings only recently came to light. But how much is too much?
Less than six small teaspoons a day
As the professional association of pediatricians (BVKJ) reports on its website "kinderaerzte-im-netz.de", a new statement by the American Heart Association (AHA) advises that a child consumes less than six small teaspoons or 25 grams per day Should consume sugar.
"Our goal is a simple recommendation for all children between the ages of two and 18 who parents and public bodies can easily adhere to," explained Prof. Dr. Miriam Vos in a press release from AHA.
Hidden sugar in many foods
The World Health Organization (WHO) amended its recommendations last year and advocated a lower sugar intake of less than five percent of the total daily energy intake.
Basically, it must be borne in mind that hidden sugar can be found in many food products. Therefore, the recommendations include all types of sugar such as lump sugar, fructose and honey, sugar used in the production of food or beverages, and sugar that is consumed separately.
Healthy and achievable goal
"For most children, it is a realistic, healthy, and achievable goal to consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day," said nutritionist and pediatrics professor at the School of Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta., Miriam Vos.
The experts also point out that children under the age of two should not consume any added sugar in foods or drinks. The opinion, published in the journal Circulation, is based on a review of studies that looked at the impact of sugar on children's health.
Increased risk of heart disease
High consumption of foods and drinks that are high in sugar can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease.
"Children who consume high-sugar foods tend to eat less healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products that are good for their heart health," said Vos, according to a report on "upi.com".
Food with healthy nutrients on the table
“So far, there has been no clear consensus on how much sugar can still be considered safe for children, because sugar is often added to foods and beverages, so that the total consumption of children remains high - the typical American child consumes about three times what of sugar consumption is recommended, ”said the expert.
“The best way to avoid sugar in a child's diet is to offer foods that are rich in healthy nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, and fish, and children’s low-nutrition foods to eat, ”said Vos. (ad)