Too much added sugars in children
High sugar intake is associated with an increased risk of several diseases, as obesity and metabolic disorders. Numerous countries consider public health policy measures or regulations to counteract excessive sugar intake, especially in children. The authors based their work on the data from 11 representative surveys in Europe. The results showed a relatively higher total sugars consumption in children (16 to 26 % of total energy intake), than in adults (15 to 21 % of energy). Added sugars also represent a higher intake proportion (11 to 17 %) in children than in adults (7 to 11 %).
Low sugar contribution from yogurt
While more than 50% of total sugars and 66% of added sugars or non-milk extrinsic sugars (NME)* in children’s diets come from sweet products (cakes, sweets, etc.) and drinks. Yogurt accounts for only 1–8% of total sugars intake and 4–9% of added or NME sugar, depending on country.
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* Non-milk extrinsic sugars include: table sugar, honey, glucose, fructose and glucose syrups, sugars added to food and sugars in fruit juices.