The new recommendations about sugar and kids from the American Heart Association is out. After reviewing the science they recommend ZERO added sugar to children below the age of two, for health reasons.
The AHA also recommends limiting intake to less than 25 grams a day (6 teaspoons) for older children. And a maximum of one sugar-sweetened beverage per week.
Of course, this is far less sugar than most kids today consume.
- ABC News: American Heart Association Issues New Recommendations for Kids and Sugar
- Professional Heart Daily: Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children – A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
While the AHA still adhere to an outdated fear of natural fats, at least it’s good that they are getting very aware of the health dangers of added sugar.