"Dad, I want candy!"
"Can we get a candy bar, too?"
If these phrases are something you hear on a regular basis when at the store, you are not alone. Candy is always conveniently placed for little wandering eyes to see and, inevitably, want. And what adult hasn't indulged a young one by buying them a candy bar on the way out the door? They often deserve it, after all. But how much sugar is too much for one day? And how much sugar is in that candy bar your little one is munching on right before bed?
According to the AHA, for children between the ages of 2-18, less than 25g of added sugars (6 teaspoons) are recommended per day.
Added sugars, by definition, are "sugars and syrups added to food and beverages when processed or prepared. This does not include naturally occuring sugars such as in fruits and vegetables." (choosemyplate.gov)
Eating candy is not all bad, nor should sugar be forbidden, but we should be conscious about our sugar intake and keep...