It’s easy to blame vending machines and fast food restaurants for tempting our children with sugary snacks that hold little nutritional value. But the truth is that children are more likely to be eating added sugars in their food at home.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that added sugar in drinks and foods makes up almost 16 percent of the calories that children and teens consume. That’s considerably higher than the recommendation that no more than 15 percent of calories come from both sugar and fat, according to a news release from the CDC.
Health officials say parents and caregivers can help their children considerably cut back eating added sugars by carefully considering grocery store purchases and reading food labels.