Most every parent fights a constant battle with their kids about how much sugar is too much.
Sorry kids, but the American Heart Association has just declared that children should eat less 'added sugar' to avoid putting their heart health at risk.
So, how do we do that and what do we look for on the label to avoid that?
A registered dietician at Cleveland Clinic says one of the easiest ways to avoid added sugar is to cut out sugary beverages.
"When you look at all of the research that's associated with the risk of consuming too much added sugar, it doesn't seem like there's a lot of room for any source of sugar-sweetened beverages, when you look at the fact that there's no nutritional value that's good and there's so many risks," says Brigid Titgemeier.
The AHA says that children between the ages of 2 and 18 should eat no more than 24 grams of sugar each day and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages per week. Plus, children younger than 2 shouldn't have any added sugars in their diet.
Experts say the average U.S. child currently takes in about three times the recommended amount of added sugar in their diet.
It's important to note that added sugar is different than naturally occurring sugar, which is found in fruits and some dairy. Added sugars are those that are literally added to the food by manufacturers in the processing stage.
So, read the labels!
"Look for things that are known sources of added sugars and to avoid those, especially in the top five ingredients. So those are things like high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup," says Titgemeier.
Here's something to think about, too, from a Harvard medical school professor. Sugar raises inflammation throughout your body, increases a type of fat in the blood and boosts dopamine in the brain which gives you high. That's why the more sugar you eat, the more you want.