If this doesn't scare you, nothing will...

The American Heart Association now recommends that kids consume no more than six teaspoons (about 100 calories) of added sugar a day—that's the takeaway from an announcement that the group made yesterday. AHA found that children currently take in an average of 80 grams of sugar every day—about 19 teaspoons, which is more than three times the new recommended limit.

"Associations between added sugars and increased cardiovascular disease risk factors among US children are present at levels far below current consumption levels," researchers wrote.

Yes, I know. The story talks about both "added sugar" and "sugar consumption", which isn't always the same thing. Still, the point remains: Kids on average consume too much sugar. And the danger isn't in the obvious place. For sure when you give your kids some kind of sweet treat, as you should, you know you're feeding them sugar. And that's OK. The problem is when you think you're giving them something reasonably healthy that turns out to be packed with high-fructose corn syrup. Like many "low-fat" packaged snacks - they add sugar to replace flavour lost when they removed the fats. Really. Look at the labels and see how much sugar there is in the better snacks you buy, and try to stick to normal food instead of the modified, heavily processed kind, no matter how huge the health claims on the box.