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Significant Portion of Calorie Intake by American Kids Comes from Added Sugar

by Kathy Jones on March 1, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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 Significant Portion of Calorie Intake by American Kids Comes from Added Sugar

A new study conducted by researchers at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that a significant portion of the daily calorie intake by American kids comes from added sugar.

The researchers said that though the amount of calorie intake attributed to sugar declined between 2007 and 2008, it is still higher than the maximum recommended limit set as per the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. According to the report, more than 442 calories, or 16.3 percent of boys' daily calorie intake comes from added sugars compared to 15.5 percent among girls.

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The researchers also found that non-Hispanic white children consumed more sugar compared to Mexican-American children. The single biggest source of added sugars continued to be soft drinks with more than 41 percent of added sugar calories coming from beverages while 59 percent was from foods.

"Soda consumption is high, but we shouldn't lose sight of the added sugars in foods such as muffins, cookies, sugar-sweetened cereals and pasta sauces. Many processed foods have added sugars. Those foods contribute more than the beverages", lead researcher Dr Cynthia Ogden told USA Today.

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