Children between the ages of 2 and 18 should eat less than six teaspoons of added sugar daily, which is equivalent to 25 grams , according to a group of scientists in a publication in the journal American Heart Association.
Normally kids get up in the morning and drink a glass of milk with cacao and cereals. Quite a usual breakfast in many countries of the world, but, Do we know how much sugar our child is having at this breakfast?
A bowl of 500 ml milk with cocoa contains about 21 grams of sugar or about 5 teaspoons and with about 50 grams of sweetened cereal almost two tablespoons more sugar. Snack is another time where children consume lots of sugar. For example, if we give them a 250 ml orange juice, the child is drinking 30 grams of sugar, which is about 7 teaspoons. If we also give a fruit yogurt means 4 more teaspoons of sugar and a few cookies with chocolate nuggets 5 more. In total, the child, only with breakfast and snack, has taken 23 teaspoons of sugar, about 95 grams, a figure that far exceeds than what is recommended.
Hyper active kids are even more prone to eating more sugar. With too much sugar they are not able to relax and their mental activity does not allow them to settle down. The sudden gush of energy released is hard to handle for their body resulting in even more hyper activity and their parents find it quite a challenge to handle them. Kids may even start crying non-stop over small issue due to over intake of sugar.
The recommendations, designed to keep children healthy, seek to set a specific limit on the consumption of added sugars. “Our target recommendation is the same for all children between the ages of 2 and 18 to make it simple for parents and advocates of public health,” said Miriam Vos, lead author of recommendations, nutrition expert and teacher Associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.