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Children Eating Too Much Sugar -- HER Daily Dose

By Bailey Mosier
 
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According to a new report, children are getting 16 percent of daily calories from added sugars, alone.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier and this is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children in the U.S. get five to 15 percent of their daily calories from both sugar and fat, but according to a new report, children are getting 16 percent of daily calories from added sugars, alone.

Boys consume 360 calories a day from added sugar, and girls eat about 280 calories in added sugar on a daily basis. Added sugars lurk in unexpected places such as dried fruit snacks, fruit punch, fat-free caramel popcorn, chicken nuggets, ketchup, BBQ sauce, tartar sauce and fat-free salad dressings.

Researchers found more added sugars were eaten at home than outside the home and recommend buying fewer processed foods, making baked goods from scratch, having water on hand and serving your children cut-up, fresh fruit for dessert.

Given the notoriously high levels of childhood obesity and diabetes in the U.S., we need to become more aware of the high-sugar foods we keep in our pantries because our children are getting more than their daily recommended added sugar levels.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every weekday for your next dose of women’s health.

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