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
As intake of soft drinks goes up, calcium consumption goes down. This is worrisome since about half of all the bone mass we have as adults is formed during the teen years. Research from the University of Minnesota finds that only 30 percent of teen girls and 42 percent of teen boys consume the recommended 1,300mg of calcium per day (this menu contains only 881mg).