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5 Ways to Reduce Sugar Intake

The average teen takes in about 34 teaspoons of sugar, approximately 500 calories' worth, in a typical day. Meanwhile, the American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 1/2 teaspoons, or 100 calories. If you're game for trying to cut your kids' intake (while avoiding an uprising) start slowly and don't make a big deal about it. These strategies will help.

By Regina Ragone

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Do the Math

To figure out the number of calories that come from sugar in a serving of your favorite food, check the nutrition label. Take the number of grams of sugar in a single serving and multiply it by 4 (there are 4 calories in every gram). For instance, if a product has 15 sugar grams that means 60 calories are from sugar alone.

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