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Kids consume too much added sugar: CDC

03-01-2012 14:08 BJT

BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhuanet) -- Kids are getting too much added sugar from the drinks and foods they consume, increasing the increase the risk for obesity, diabetes and more, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday.

Added sugar in drinks and foods makes up almost 16 percent of the calories U.S. children and teens consume and that's far more than the daily recommendation of no more than 15 percent of calories from both sugar and fat, according to the report, published online Feb. 29 in the National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief.

Boys were found to take in more of the sweet stuff than girls. Boys consume about 362 calories a day from added sugar, and girls eat about 282 calories in added sugar on a daily basis.

Sugar consumption also went up as children got older, the report showed. In all, about 41 percent of added sugar came from drinks and the rest came from foods,explained lead researcher Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist with CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Too many added sugars increase the risk for obesity, diabetes, high triglycerides, high cholesterol, heart disease and more, said Samantha Heller, a dietitian and nutritionist based in Connecticut.

Heller said junk foods, cookies, desserts and sodas are high in sugar and non-nutritive calories, warning that added sugars lurk in unexpected places such as dried fruit snacks, instant iced teas, banana chips, fruit punch, boxed dessert mixes, fat-free caramel popcorn, and so on.

Heller advised several ways to reduce sugar intake, such as buying fewer prepared, frozen and boxed processed foods; making baked goods from scratch and using less sugar; having water, fat-free milk, making your own salad dressing.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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