CDC says toddlers eat more sugar than amount recommended for adults

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) -- A new study shows that toddlers are eating way too much sugar, which could lead to health problems later in life.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 99 percent of toddlers between the age of 1 and 2 consume seven teaspoons of added sugar per day -- more sugar than the amount recommended for adults.

"Those numbers are staggering," said registered dietitian Jodi Bullock. "They are super high."

Bullock, a holistic health coach and mother to 16-month-old Dalton, said she knows the dangers of added sugars.

"There is actually no need for added sugars to any human, let alone a child," she said. "So, it's funny when people ask, 'What is the recommended allowance for this?' It's sort of like, 'How many treats can I eat and get away with it?'"

The CDC study also found that 60 percent of children consume added sugar before age 1, which can lead to poor health choices and diseases such as diabetes later in life.

"Kids are going to eat what you're going to eat," Bullock said. "So, you need to set the example."

Bullock's advice for busy parents is to keep it simple.

She suggests serving whole foods with lots of colors, including fruits and vegetables.

Bullock also urges parents to stay away from juice and fruit snacks, which are loaded with added sugar.

"The simpler, the better," she said. "The fewer ingredients, the better."

The report marks the first time that the CDC has researched sugar consumption for children younger than 2.

Right now, there are no government guidelines for the daily recommended limits of sugar for children younger than 2.

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