Cut back significantly on added sugars!
The American Heart Association Scientific Committee now recommends children limit their added sugar intake to no more than 25 g (6 tsp) daily. This is half the amount recommended by the current U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. They also recommend sugar-sweetened beverages be limited to one 8 oz serving per week or less; and added sugars should be avoided for all children under 2 years.
PositiveTip: Avoiding too much added sugar is a positive step toward a healthy diet and reduced risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other health problems.
More help coming to avoid added sugars.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed the Nutrition Facts label require a declaration of the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars. This would give consumers more information for added sugars that is similar to the information they have seen for years about other nutrients. It would require indicating how much sugar in a serving of food contributes to the daily diet, thus helping consumers make better choices.
PositiveTip: Avoid eating more than 10% of your calories from added sugars.
Common levels of added sugar in U.S. diets raises risk of dying from heart disease.
In a 15 year follow-up, consuming 10% to 24.9% of calories from added sugar raised the risk of cardiovascular death by 30%, compared to those with less than 10%. Death jumped to 175% in those who consumed 25% or more from added sugar. Remember: one can of soda equals 7% of the calories in a 2000 calorie diet!
PositiveTip: Avoid sugar sweetened processed or prepared foods such as sodas, desserts, fruit drinks and candy!