Health and Human Services (HHS) and the USDA recently released updated dietary guidelines to help Americans eat a healthy and balanced diet. One of the most important recommended changes is cutting back on calories from added sugar. The new guidelines recommend that “Americans should be encouraged to consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars. … This does not include naturally occurring sugars such as those consumed as part of milk and fruits.”
Added sugar has been gaining more calorie share in the diets of the average American over recent years as processed food companies add sugars and syrups to make foods sweeter and more appealing. Even something as simple as the wrong juice can significantly add sugars and calories to a child’s diet.
Finding the right balance of sugar in your child’s diet is a combination of understanding sources of sugar, which sugars are good and bad, and creating a family eating plan that promotes healthy, balanced diets.