How to stop sugar from sneaking into your child’s diet

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US dietary guidelines recommend children consume less than 10% of daily calories from added sugars

Experts suggest that kids be allowed one sweet treat per day and learn to self-regulate sugar

CNN  — 

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.

And dessert is still a few hours away.

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.