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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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Most kids spend much of the day trolling for something to eat. Aim to provide options that will override cravings for sweets. Unprocessed foods like peanut butter and whole-grain crackers are best, but also try fun, prepacked freeze-dried fruit, trail mix, pineapple slices, and squeezable applesauce.

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