A lollipop after a morning doctor visit. 
A cupcake for a classmate's birthday with lunch. A bag of cookies, gummies or a few little doughuts before after-school activities begin.
Children should consume no more than 3 to 8 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Unfortunately, according to a study done by the AHA, children as young as one to three years old consume about 12 teaspoons of sugar per day, and older children consume even more than that! ::
Even the word "snack" -- once thought of as a healthy, energizing source of calories for children -- can seem like a euphemism for an IV sugar solution these days. 
Want to limit kids' added sugar intake? 
Look beyond the cookie jar. Lemonade, 10% fruit juices, fruit snacks, crackers, ice cream, pies, cakes, soft drinks, and sweetened cereals are also popular sources of added sugar. ::
The key is to help children find a balance with food, helping them learn how to enjoy healthy foods and enjoy (and self-regulate) treats.
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