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A majority of children begin consuming added sugar even before their first birthday, suggest researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

From run-of-the-mill granulated white sugar to high fructose corn syrup, dietitian Dana Angelo White explained how "these sweeteners are a pure source of carbohydrate and have about 15 calories per teaspoon".

The researchers arrived at this finding after conducting a survey with parents and their children who were between the ages of 6 and 23 months old.

The study asked parents of 800 infants and toddlers - between 6 to 23 months - to estimate their child's daily added sugar consumption.

Added sugar is sugar that's put in food during preparation or processing.

In the USA, at least one in five children ages 6 to 19 years old is obese, according to the CDC. The earlier patient is introduces to high sugar consumption, the heavier the consequences he or she will face during the life.

Now, according to the CDC, all these pediatric illnesses are triggered by a higher added sugar consumption than normal in toddlers across the United States and the experts recommend parent to avoid feeding their children with products that are known to contain added sugar, such as sweetened cereals, candies, sweet sodas, fruity yogurts, and so on.

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Accordingly, kids between 1 and 2 years of age were consuming added sugar nearly exclusively and the consumed amount is equal to 7 teaspoons of sugar per day. The measured amount of extra sugar reportedly consumed by the children in the study was based entirely on the parent's memory.

The researchers explain that foods that contain added sugars are not beneficial for the body as they do not provide the benefits that fruits and vegetables that naturally contain sugars provide. Regardless of the recommendations, most people in the USA eat more than this limit, research shows. It is a source of added sugars and will influence the taste for a lifetime. "These data may be relevant to the upcoming 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans". Added sugar consumption rose with age. For adult men, the limit is 9 teaspoons or less of added sugar per day.

The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans state that sweetened beverages are the major source of added sugars in typical U.S. diets-in fact, they account for 47% of all added sugars consumed by Americans.

The government does not have guidelines for daily recommended limits for added sugar for children under the age of two.

"Once kids start eating table food, they're often eating the same types of foods that Mom and Dad have in their diet, and other research has demonstrated that adults exceed recommendations for added sugar too", said Herrick. Dried fruits are also loaded with sugar - there are 21 teaspoons in one cup of dried fruit alone. There were no differences in added sugar consumption by race among infants 6-11 months.

The data revealed that 85% of the children involved in the study ate added sugar on any given day, and the amount they consumed crept up as they aged.


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