Why you don’t know how much artificial sweetener you’re feeding your child

CNN  — 

Parents don’t want to give their children foods with artificial sweeteners, surveys show.

Yet many parents are doing just that when they buy foods that say reduced sugar or no sugar added, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Studies show most parents aren’t aware that when they choose a low-calorie or low-sugar product, they are likely giving their children artificial or nonnutritive sweeteners,” said pediatrician Dr. Carissa Baker-Smith, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.