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Children, beware of added sugars!

Overweight children who consume added sugars are likely to be insulin resistant

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 24 2016 11:48AM | Updated Date: Aug 24 2016 11:48AM

Children, beware of added sugars!

Carbonated drinks and sodas wit added sugar have always tempted children due to their fancy colors and tangy tastes. Such drinks with zero health benefits have replaced fresh fruits and vegetables juices. 

 

These drinks do not add to your health but contribute to children’s illness.

 

A study published in a leading journal, has found that children aged between 2 to 18 who tend to consume more than six teaspoons of added sugars, are likely to develop heart diseases as well as bold pressure related problems and are likely to be more obese. 

 

Also, already overweight children who consume added sugars are likely to be insulin resistant consequently leading to Type 2 diabetes.

 

According to the researchers, children should not drink more than one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened drink a week. 

 

Main sources of added sugars are sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, fruit-flavoured and sports drinks, sweetened teas and energy drinks. Researchers recommend avoiding such drinks.