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Sugar intake down amongst two year-olds. But consumption of saturated fats unchanged. A new study commissioned by the Directorate of Health (Helsedirektoratet) and the Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) has shown there have been improvements in the nutrition habits of two year-olds.Taming the sweet tooth An average child drinks 0.6 dl of drinks containing sugar per day, whereas results from the last study carried out in 1999 showed that it was 1.9 dl daily.

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Sugar intake down amongst two year-olds

Published on Friday, 11th September, 2009 at 09:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

But consumption of saturated fats unchanged.

Spoonful of sugar
Spoonful of sugar
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A new study commissioned by the Directorate of Health (Helsedirektoratet) and the Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) has shown there have been improvements in the nutrition habits of two year-olds.

Taming the sweet tooth

An average child drinks 0.6 dl of drinks containing sugar per day, whereas results from the last study carried out in 1999 showed that it was 1.9 dl daily.

“It’s extremely good news to see that their intake of sugar is considerably reduced and that most two year-olds don’t get more sugar than is recommended,” says Arnhild Haga Rimestad, section manager at the Directorate.

Although they recommend a maximum of ten percent of energy should come from added sugar, the average child receives seven.

Potential for improvement

Whilst their total intake of vegetables, potatoes, fruit (including juice) and berries has risen, Rimestad says that their diet still contains too much saturated fat, even though their daily intake of whole milk has decreased by almost 75 percent in nine years.

1,674 children participated in the study that was carried out by the University of Oslo.



Published on Friday, 11th September, 2009 at 09:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: sugar, intake, children, down, saturated, fats, unchanged, oslo, university, health, directorate.





  
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