Give a kid too much sugar, and he's likely jumping off the walls or fighting his bedtime with a temper tantrum. That's why most parents try to limit their kids' sugar consumption, but according to a recent Parents magazine poll, the average 4 to 8-year-old child is eating approximately 15 teaspoons of added sugars a day — which works out to be 50 pounds of sugar a year. There's more you can do to cut back on added sugars in your family's diet. Use these tips from TODAY nutritionist Joy Bauer to get started.
Kids who cut processed sugar from their diets for just nine days had lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar — a finding that supports the idea that sugar itself is a major culprit in heart disease and diabetes.
Researchers say kids are attracted to foods high in calories, and with sugar everywhere, many parents are struggling to help their kids make healthy choices.