Added sugars and cardiovascular disease risk in children

The American Heart Association has recently released a scientific statement which reviewed the available evidence on the intake of added sugars and the risk of cardiovascular disease in children and adolescents.

Added sugars contribute to 16% of the daily calorie intake of US children, with the top contributors of added sugars including fizzy drinks, fruit-flavoured and sports drinks, and cakes and biscuits.

The researchers found that children and adolescents who consume a large quantity of dietary sugars, particularly from sugar-sweetened beverages and added sugars, tend to have a higher daily energy intake which can lead to excess weight gain and can put them at risk of developing obesity.

According to the statement, there is strong evidence to show that there is an association between added sugars and cardiovascular disease due to increased energy intake, increased adiposity, and dyslipidaemia.

Based on the reviewed evidence, the American Heart Association recommends that children consume less than 25g of added sugars a day and that children younger than 2 years of age avoid added sugars entirely.

Posted: 07/09/2016 10:27:53 by Niamh Dowling
Filed under: Added sugars, American Heart Association, Cardiovascular disease, Latest, News, Nutrition, Updates


 

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