It’s not uncommon to hear adults use sugar as a reward to children for good behaviour. A toddler gets a little treat after each time they successfully use the potty. A grandparent gives their grandchild candy for being such a good helper tidying up. A teacher gives out candy to each student who answers a pop quiz question correctly. A parent takes their child for ice cream after winning a soccer game. It might seem harmless and enjoyable at the time, but is all this sugar impacting your child’s health?
According to the American Heart Association, children between the ages of 2 to 18 should be having less than 6 teaspoons (25g) of added sugar daily.