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Toddlers consuming too much added sugar, study finds

Toddlers consuming too much added sugar, study finds

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Toddlers in America are eating too much added sugar, and the problem only gets worse as they get older, a new study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control found. Extra sugar consumption has been linked to high levels of obesity, cavities, asthma, and risk factors for heart disease later in life. It's also been associated with higher cholesterol levels and elevated blood pressure. Added sugar is especially bad for children, as it sets diet preferences that could lead them to make poor nutritional choices later in life. The American Heart Association already recommends that children under the age of 2 avoid food with added sugars, including ready-to-eat cereals, baked goods, desserts, sugary drinks, yogurt, and candy. But researchers at the CDC found that some parents...
 6 Surprising Foods That Pack a Day's Worth of Added Sugar

 6 Surprising Foods That Pack a Day's Worth of Added Sugar

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You know that soda and candy are serious sugar bombs. And that added sugar hides in countless sneaky places. But did you know that you could max out your daily recommended limit with just a blueberry muffin, or a yogurt and fruit parfait? Yep, the American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than six teaspoons, or 24 grams, of added sugar per day—and the six foods below can easily pack that much and more. Learn how to decode their nutrition labels, plus tips for choosing right-sized portions and less-sweet alternatives.If you're ready to cut way back on the sweet stuff, sign up for our 14-Day Sugar Detox! The challenge kicks off Monday.LemonadeSome of my clients think drinking lemonade is good for them, since lemons are full of vi
Soft drink sugar tax starts, but will it work?

Soft drink sugar tax starts, but will it work?

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The "ground-breaking" sugar tax on soft drinks has come into force in the UK.From Friday manufacturers have to pay a levy on the high-sugar drinks they sell.Ministers and campaigners believe it has already proved to be a success with many firms reducing sugar content ahead of the change. But others say it is still too early to judge the impact.Leading brands such as Fanta, Ribena and Lucozade have cut the sugar content of drinks, but Coca-Cola has not.The introduction of the levy means the UK joins a small handful of nations, including Mexico, France and Norway, which have introduced similar taxes.How will it work?The levy is being applied to manufacturers - whether they pass it on to consumers or not is up to them.Drinks with more than 8g per 100ml will face a tax rate equivalent to 24p p...
6 Really Good Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Sugar

6 Really Good Things That Happen to Your Body When You Quit Sugar

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Want lasting energy? Less belly fat? Younger-looking skin? Of course you do! Here's all the motivation you need to break up with the sweet stuff. Kicking a sugar habit is challenging—even for the most strong-willed among us. See, research has found that sugar tricks your brain into wanting more and more of it. But there's good news. A little sweetness is okay—emphasis on little. The American Heart Association recommends no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day for women. Also okay: the sugar found in whole foods like fruits and veggies, says Kimber Stanhope, PhD, a nutritional biologist at the University of California, Davis. "These naturally occurring sugars come packaged with good-for-you vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients." But if you can di
13 Drinks That Are Like Sipping a Cup of Sugar

13 Drinks That Are Like Sipping a Cup of Sugar

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They're almost as bad for you as soda. Here’s a shocking stat: Sugary beverages account for about 40% of the added sugar in the average American’s diet. So many drinks are loaded with the sweet stuff, even the sips you wouldn't suspect (hello, tonic water). But the good news is that skipping those heavily-sweetened beverages can really pay off for your health. The first step is knowing which ones to avoid. In the video above you’ll learn about 13 drinks that have a similar amount of sugar as a can of soda.Take flavored “nutritional” waters, for example. In addition to vitamins, some bottles contain 30 grams of the sweet stuff. To put that into context, the American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 25 grams of added