AHA Updated Sugar Recommendation for Healthy Kids and Teens

In August 2016 the American Heart Association updated their recommended sugar intake for children and young adults below the age of 18. Current WHO recommendations released in 2015 report that scientific studies showed daily consumption of added sugar in excess of 9 teaspoons (38g) for men and 6 teaspoons (25g) for women have serious effects on health contributing to metabolic syndrome and obesity, heart disease, diabetes and tooth decay.

The new recommendations from the AHA go one step further and recommend that, to prevent unfavourable health outcomes, all children below the age of 18 should not consume more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. They also recommend that added sugars should not be in the diet of children under the age of 2 years.

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