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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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Focus on Fruit

It's okay to get your sugar from fruit because fresh produce also has lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. For dessert, try sliced mango, frozen banana slices, and grapes, or papaya drizzled with vanilla yogurt.

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