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Children under two years shouldn’t eat food containing sugar

Children under two years shouldn’t eat food containing sugar

Children under two years shouldn’t eat food containing sugar. The United States released the latest dietary guidelines: children under two years of age should not eat cakes, candies and other foods containing sugar.


According to Fox News, on December 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services issued dietary guidelines recommending that babies should only be fed breast milk for at least six months after birth, and no food containing added sugars should be consumed under two years of age. Therefore, candies, cakes and ice cream are not recommended foods.

Children under two years shouldn't eat food containing sugar

 

Barbara Schneeman, a nutritionist at the University of California, Davis, said that the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services publish dietary guidelines every five years to guide the standards for school lunches and other programs. Restrict children’s added sugar intake, as long as it starts, it is never too late. We need to make every bite of children’s food have value.

While restricting the intake of infants and young children, the guide ignores two key recommendations made by scientists to the government: everyone should limit added sugar to less than 6% of daily calories intake, and men should limit alcohol intake Below one cup per day. The guidelines continue the previous recommendations: after the age of 2, the daily added sugar intake should not exceed 10% of the day’s caloric intake, men should not drink more than two glasses a day, and women recommend no more than one cup.

The following are the main concerns of this guide:

The baby will only eat breast milk before six months. If there is no breast milk, iron-fortified infant formula should be taken in the first year. Babies should start vitamin D supplementation soon after birth.

Babies can start eating other foods when they are about six months old, and add some foods that are allergic. For example, eating some foods containing peanuts in the first year can reduce the risk of peanut allergy in the future.

The guide’s recommendations for pregnant and breastfeeding women are more complete. In order to promote the healthy development of the baby’s brain, these women recommend eating 8-12 ounces (equivalent to 5-7 taels) of seafood a week. In order to prevent the mercury in fish from harming the nervous system of children, choose some fish with lower mercury content, such as cod, salmon, sardines, and tilapia.

Pregnant women should not drink alcohol, while breastfeeding women should be cautious about drinking alcohol. A moderate amount of coffee seems to be safe for the fetus and baby, and can be consumed under the guidance of a doctor.

Unhealthy diet is an important cause of obesity, heart disease and diabetes in most Americans. Many nutritional recommendations suggest eating more fruits and vegetables, less sweets, saturated fatty acids and high salt intake, but how to implement them is a big problem.

The guidelines suggest that everyone can pay attention to the added sugar, saturated fat and sodium information on the “nutrition label” before eating food. For example, the main sources of added sugar are carbonated drinks, soft drinks, desserts, snacks, and candies, including sugary coffee and tea. They provide very little nutrition other than calories. It is recommended to eat less.

The guidelines suggest that if it is not easy to adjust your eating habits, you can make some small changes, including replacing processed oats with plain flour, choosing low-sodium black beans; replacing carbonated drinks with sparkling water, and so on, gradually reducing your calorie intake.

 

 

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