According to statistics from the American Heart Association, children should be limited to 25 grams (or 6 teaspoons) of added sugar daily. Monitoring a child's sugar intake is vital, as too much sugar can lead to problems for children, including higher risks of obesity, tooth decay, heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and fatty liver disease. Some areas of the United States are worse than others when it comes to sugar intake for children, as found in this new infographic and study from the team at Main Street Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics, which looks at where in the U.S. children consume the most sugary snacks. Per their research, it was found that Pennsylvania has the highest rates of sugar intake among children, as children there on average consume an average of 22.862 sugar snacks on a weekly basis, followed by states like Kentucky (17.757 sugary snacks weekly) and Idaho (16.439 sugary snacks weekly).
Infographic by: mainstreetsmiles