Children who consume a lot of added sugar are more likely to develop high triglycerides, diabetes and excess weight, all of which increases their chance of developing heart disease.
Added sugar is a term used to describe any sugars that are added to foods or used in the processing and preparing foods or beverages. This includes sweeteners like sugar, fructose and honey.
Doctors recommend that children younger than 2 should not have any added sugars in their diet. Young people between the ages of 2 and 18 should get no more than 25 grams of added sugar each day. However, many children consume closer to 80 grams of sugar a day.
A good way of cutting added sugars in children’s diet is to eliminate sugary drinks such as sodas, juices, energy drinks and sports drinks. There are more than 20 grams of sugar in just one 250ml glass of popular beverages and sports drinks. Nutritionists recommend that parents should replace high-sugar drinks with water and low-fat to significantly reduce kids' overall sugar intake.