Kids should have no more than 8 ounces of sugary drinks per week: agency

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New guidelines from the American Heart Association suggest U.S. kids should be eating and drinking less sugar.

Children and teens should limit their intake of sugar-sweetened drinks to 8 ounces weekly, max, the agency said, and no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars should be consumed by kids daily. That's about 100 calories or 25 grams.

"Children who eat foods loaded with added sugars tend to eat fewer healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products that are good for their heart health," said Miriam Vos, M.D., Ms.P.H, lead author, nutrition scientist and associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.

Vos said the 6 teaspoon-a-day limit is "a healthy and achievable target" for most children.

The recommendations apply to kids ages 2 through 18, and note that children younger than 2 shouldn't consume any foods or drinks with added sugars.

Table sugar, fructose and honey are among the added sugars these new recommendations take aim at, and some foods with added sugar include cereal bars, cookies, cakes and sweet cereals -- many foods marketed specifically to children.

A sugary diet raises kids' risk of obesity and, in turn, insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes, the agency said.

To read more about the news recommendations, click here.

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