2-18 years age: Consume less than 6 teaspoons of added sugars in a day

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Children aged 2-18 years should consume less than 6 teaspoons of added sugars a day and less than 8 ounces of sugar-sweetened drinks a week, an IMA-Heart Care Foundation of India statement advises.

Table sugar, fructose and honey, sugar used in processing and preparing foods or beverages or sugars added to foods at the table, or eaten separately are added sugars.

Children younger than 2 years should not consume added sugars at all.

This advisory is in line with American Heart Association guidelines published August 22 in the journal Circulation.

Regular consumption of foods and drinks high in added sugars can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

Sugars remain a commonly added ingredient in foods and drinks.

Starting in July 2018, food products sold in the United States will have to list the amount of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts Panel.