Health group sets new standard for added sugars in children's diet

The American Heart Association (AHA) set a new standard Monday for how much added sugar children should consume a day.

The health group is recommending only 6 teaspoons — the equivalent of about 100 calories or 25 grams — for children ages 2 to 18. Children under 2 should not consume any added sugars, it said.

When children have a high-sugar diet, the AHA, said it could lead to obesity and high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease.

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