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Make Over Your Teen's Diet

If you take a peek at what the average teen eats every day you won't see a very pretty -- or healthy -- picture. Fortunately, some simple swaps will ensure your child is properly fueled during these all-important years.

By Laura Flynn McCarthy

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One-third of teens eat nutrient-empty fast food on a daily basis. This basically guarantees they're taking in too much fat, sugar, and sodium, and not enough fruits, vegetables, and fiber. A new USDA study found that only 6 percent of teenagers eat the recommended amount of vegetables (five servings a day) and only 24 percent eat enough fruit (also five). It's time to do something about these unhealthy trends. You can start by making a few tweaks to your teen's daily diet. And keep in mind that the overall news is good: Kids can still have their burger and eat it too.

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