Most preschoolers eat too much sugar, new Guelph study shows

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A new study from the University of Guelph is one of the first in Canada to look at sugar intake in preschoolers.


(David Ma/ CBC News) — A new study from the University of Guelph has found many preschoolers in the city are eating more than the recommended amount of sugar on a daily basis.

Children should only get five to 10 per cent of daily energy from free sugar, or sugars added to food or drinks, as recommended by the World Health Organization, Health Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

But the new research, based on the Guelph Family Health Study, found eight of 10 preschoolers ate more that the five per cent limit of free sugar while one in three children ate more than the 10 per cent recommendation.

“We were anticipating that they’re probably having a little more sugar in their diet than they should be having. But we were certainly surprised by eight in 10. That’s a lot,” said David Ma, a professor of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the university and director of the Guelph Family Health Study. (…)

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