Parents now have an additional motive to say no to sweet, cake and ice cream for youngsters earlier than their second birthday. The first U.S. authorities dietary pointers for infants and toddlers, launched Tuesday, advocate feeding solely breast milk for at the least six months and no added sugar for youngsters under age 2.
"It's never too early to start," stated Barbara Schneeman, a nutritionist at University of California, Davis. "You have to make every bite count in those early years."
The pointers cease in need of two key suggestions from scientists advising the federal government. Those advisers stated in July that everybody ought to restrict their added sugar consumption to lower than 6% of energy and males who drink ought to restrict alcohol to at least one drink per day.
Instead, the rules persist with earlier recommendation: restrict added sugar to lower than 10% of energy per day after age 2. And males ought to restrict alcohol to not more than two drinks per day, twice as a lot as suggested for ladies.
"I don't think we're finished with alcohol," stated Schneeman, who chaired a committee advising the federal government on the rules. "There's more we need to learn."
The dietary pointers are issued each 5 years by the Agriculture Department and the Department of Health and Human Services. The authorities makes use of them to set requirements for faculty lunches and different packages.
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