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American Heart Association recommends
1) Children over 2 years should consume no more than 6 teaspoons (25grams) of added sugar each day.
2) Children should not drink more than one 240ml sugar-sweetened beverage per week.
3) Children under 2 years should avoid consuming any added sugar since they develop preference for sweets in their future life.
Parents should read food labels carefully. Some foods don’t mention the word sugar on their ingredient list but still have sugar in them, mentioned in a different way Replace fruit juices and sweetened beverages with whole fruits and water respectively. Yoghurt can be offered as salted lassi or vegetable raita instead of flavored yoghurt to the child.
Some researchers feel that it is okay to take sugar as long as you don’t exceed the recommended caloric intake, but calories from sugar are empty (non nutritious) calories and hence should be consumed occasionally.
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