UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — American toddlers might be eating more sugar than full grown adults.
New research suggests most children are consuming added sugar before their first birthday.
Added sugars aren’t found naturally in food. They’re added to products during processing.
These same children appear to eat more and more sugar as they get older, with 99 percent of toddlers between the ages of 19 and 23 months consuming more than seven teaspoons of added sugar every day.
That’s two teaspoons more than the recommended daily limit for adult women, according to the American Heart Association.
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented these findings earlier this month at a meeting of the American Society for Nutrition.
Previous studies have shown that eating sugar at a young age can form a habit that’s difficult to kick later on. Too much sugar may also increase the risk of obesity and high blood pressure.