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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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Learn the Names

With a nod to Shakespeare, just as a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, sugar, no matter what you call it—maltose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrup, honey, or fruit juice concentrate—is still sugar.

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