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5 Minute Activities: Sugar

      Although experts agree that some added sugar in the diet is fine, most Americans consume too much. The American Heart Association
      • Johnson RK
      • Appel L
      • Brands M
      • et al.
      Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.
      recommends that children consume no more than 3–6 teaspoons/d of added sugar. Yet the average American consumes 17 teaspoons/d of added sugar, equivalent to about 57 lb/person annually.

      US Department of Agriculture, US Dept of Health and Human Services. 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Cut Down on Added Sugars. https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/DGA_Cut-Down-On-Added-Sugars.pdf. Accessed May 30, 2019.

      It is clear that steps are needed to help Americans reduce their high intake of added sugars. One such step could be the inclusion of brief, pointed, practical lessons about sugar in the kindergarten (K) through grade 12 curriculum. Enter 5 Minute Activities: Sugar, by Learning ZoneXpress.
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      References

        • Johnson RK
        • Appel L
        • Brands M
        • et al.
        Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.
        Circulation. 2009; 120: 1011-1020
      1. US Department of Agriculture, US Dept of Health and Human Services. 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Cut Down on Added Sugars. https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/DGA_Cut-Down-On-Added-Sugars.pdf. Accessed May 30, 2019.