The USDA released some interesting statistics on kids and sugar intake.
I think it is probably no surprise to anyone that kids (in fact, probably most of us) take in too much sugar.
But I think we may have had some preconceived notions about where that sugar came from.
I think many people feel that most of the sugar kids consume comes from the high sugary drinks:
I also think that many people think that kids get most of their sugar from eating away from home, fast food restaurants, vending machines etc
You might also think that it gets worse as they become teens.
Here are the results of this study from the CDC.
The study found these key findings:
Are there differences in the mean number of calories consumed from added sugars by boys and girls and by age group?
Yes, boys ate/drank more sugar in a day than girls did.
As kids got older, their sugar intake increased.
Were children and adolescents more likely to consume the added sugars from foods and beverages at home or away from home?
More added sugar came from home than away from home.
To mean, this means we need more effort towards teaching parents and kids about how to decrease their sugar intake by:
Food label learning resources for kids and parents