Transcript for New study says infants and toddlers are consuming too much added sugar
that new study released this morning saying infants and toddlers in the U.S. Are eating and drinking too much added sugar which can lead to problems like obesity and high blood pressure. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here with us to talk about it. Doc, this isn't all bad news. No, actually here's a study right here. We dent know a lot about the dietary behaviors in infants and toddlers up to the age of 2 so the good news with this is over the study period just over ten year, infants actually consuming slightly added sugar which, of course, is good news because that means they're getting some other nutrients that are just as important, bad news because you know -- The flip side? The flip side, toddlers still getting way too much and, again, that could lead to childhood obesity which we know is linked to adult obesity. Here's what should be done. You want to avoid giving infants and toddlers any sugary drinks like fruit juices with added sugar, fruit that's packed in syrup and obviously candy and snacks with added sugar. Absolutely no nutritious value for this age group or for any other age group for that matter. What you should be giving them, water, milk and it should be whole fat milk, other dairy products. Fresh fruits and vegetables. It is so important to lock in these behaviors in this age group so they don't head into childhood at risk for obesity. Start them early and whole fat milk. Whole fat, skim. Whole fat in this age group. I used to drink gallons of it. Look at me. You had the milk mustache. That's it. Sure did. Coming up, Lara is taking us
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