American Academy of Pediatrics Affirms Important Role Sugar Can Play in Improving Children’s Diets
February 25, 2015
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is affirming the important role sugar can play in improving the quality of a child’s diet.
In its newest guidelines, the AAP urges schools and families to take a broader approach to nutrition, considering children’s whole diet pattern – rather than the amount of sugar and other specific nutrients in individual foods.
“A positive emphasis on nutritional value, variety, appropriate portion, and encouragement for a steady improvement in quality will be a more effective approach for improving nutrition and health than simply advocating for the elimination of added sugars,” AAP’s policy position states.