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How to Cut Your Kids’ Sugar Intake

By Len Canter, Health Day, 04/15/19, 12:00PM CDT

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Plain puffed rice, corn flakes and hot cereals you make from plain whole grains, like rolled oats and grits, are healthier. Consider them to start the day heart smart.

The concerns about sugar and kids go far beyond the risk of cavities. An extensive research review by the American Heart Association (AHA) found that kids who consume a lot of foods and drinks with added sugar could develop heart disease risk factors -- like obesity and high cholesterol -- starting in childhood.

These risks can occur with sugar intake far lower than a typical child's. In response to this threat, AHA issued strong recommendations to safeguard kids' health. First, children under 2 years old shouldn't be given any added sugars. That means no packaged food of any kind that lists any type of sugar among the ingredients. The natural sugars in whole foods like fruit, for instance, are fine. Next, kids between ages 2 and 18 should take in less than 25 grams of added sugar daily.