Recommended Sugar Levels, Are Parents Aware? Research Says No

Kids undoubtedly could not get enough sugar. In 2015, The World Health Organization released a guideline recommending that both children and adults reduce sugar consumption should be less than 10 percent of their total energy intake to reduce the risk of obesity and tooth decay.

Free sugars contribute to the overall density of diets and promote energy balance. However, excess sugar intake increases total energy intake and, at the same time, reducing the consumption of food with healthy calories. Sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn syrup), and high fructose corn syrup often lead to harmful effects in our bodies.

From 2003 to 2010, Americans aged 6 and above consumed about 14 percent of the total daily calories from added sugars. Food and drink which contains the most added sugar include sugar-sweetened beverages, grain-based desserts (cakes, cookies, candies,) and dairy desserts.

Around two-thirds of kids in the United States drink at least one sugary drink a day. The consumption amounts to more than 10 percent of the total daily calories among children. Meanwhile, kids aged 2 to 19 years old, 64.5 percent of boys and 61.3 percent of girls, consume more than one sweetened beverage in a day.

JimJams surveyed parents regarding awareness of sugar intake. The results revealed a shocking 90 percent of the 1,000 respondents are not aware of the recommended sugar allowance for children. Meanwhile, only 42 percent of the parents check the nutritional labels of the food their children are eating. However, 73 percent of them worry about their child’s sugar intake, and 76 percent get involved in reducing the sugar in their children’s diet.

Aside from tooth decay, obesity which would eventually lead to diabetes and hyperactivity, there are other effects of consuming too much sugar than the recommended amount. The typical outcomes of too much sugar could lead to colds, cough, allergies, acid reflux, weakened immunity, and poor diet.

Because of these effects, parents should work on substituting sugar for something healthier, reducing liquid sugar intake, reading nutrition facts, and teaching healthy eating to children. However, parents should take it slow first by gradually switching their sugars for more nutritious options.

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