US kids eat 3x times too much added sugar: health group

Miami (AFP) - US children eat three times as much added sugar as they should, a leading US health group said Monday, calling for stricter limits on sugar for kids.

Babies and tots under two should eat no added sugar at all and older children should have the equivalent of a maximum 100 calories per day, according to recommendations from the American Heart Association (AHA).

That would mean no cakes, cookies or ice cream for children until their second birthday, and fewer than six teaspoons (25 grams) per day of added sugar for those aged two to 18.

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