More than 25% of the calories children consume comes from sugars, including nearly 15% added sugars, leading to varying effects on body weight depending on the way the sugar is consumed, according to an analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
“When we talk about ‘sugars’ we need to be clear that all sugars, and their sources, are not the same,” Jean A. Welsh, PhD, MPH, RN, of the department of pediatrics with Emory School of Medicine, told Endocrine Today. “Sugars contribute a large proportion of calories in the diets of U.S. children. Most of the sugars consumed are those added to processed and prepared foods vs. those that occur naturally in fruits and vegetables, and more are consumed in beverages than in foods.”
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