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Sweetened sugary beverages are the main sources of excess sugar consumption and are associated with decreased water, fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as increased risk for obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Parents in the Tayside area of Scotland expressed their concerns about the excess sugar given to toddlers in the form of fruit juice.
In March 2017, more than 140 Scottish primary schools were banned from giving toddlers fruit juice. Water and milk will be served instead.
“All local authorities have a duty to provide school meals that meet strict nutritional requirements, ensuring that pupils are offered balanced and nutritious school lunches,” a Scottish Government spokesperson said according to one source.
Barriers to healthy eating are not only associated with poor physical health, but also impaired cognitive development. In order to ensure that Latino and all children have a healthy start, it is important to reduce access to excess sugar and increase access to fruits and vegetables.