The American Heart Association (AHA) is now recommending that children between the age of two and 18 limit their consumption of added sugars to less than 25 grams per day, equivalent to about six teaspoons. The recommendations also state that added sugars can be safely consumed in low amounts as part of a healthy diet, but that intake should be reduced due to limited physical activity in most children and adolescents.
What does this mean for you as a parent? Drastic changes to your child’s diet may result in your child not eating enough or wasting food. However, there are easy ways to include sweet taste while also improving your child’s overall diet quality.