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Most kids drink too many sugary drinks. Here's a few reasons why it's important to limit sugary drinks:

Sugary drinks are bullies

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• Sugary drinks are bullies because they push healthier drinks aside such as low-fat and non-fat milk.

• When kids push healthier drinks aside, they can miss out on important nutrients such as calcium and Vitamin D. These nutrients are important for strong bones and teeth.

• Help your kids make healthy choices by limiting sugary drink and by having low-fat or fat-   ree milk, or water with meals and snacks.

 

Sugary drinks can cause weight gain

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• Did you know that one out of three children are overweight or obese? The calories from sugary drinks can cause children to gain too much weight.

• Children who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop serious health problems in life such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

• Help your children stay at or reach a healthy weight by avoiding sugary drinks and be sure to encourage physical activity!

 

Sugary drinks can cause tooth decay

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• The sugar in sugary drinks can cause weakened tooth enamel (the tooth surface) that can lead to cavities.

• The acid in soda and some fruit juices can also cause too enamel to weaken. Sipping on sugary drinks and soda all day can cause even more damage to tooth enamel.

• Help your kids protect their teeth by offering them water instead of sugary drinks and by substituting whole fruit for fruit-flavored drinks more often.

 

What do the Dietary Guidelines say?

My-Plate-IconThe Dietary Guidelines for Americans is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. A healthy diet includes limiting added sugar to <10% of your total daily calories. Added sugars are sweeteners that are added to foods and beverages during processing. For more information about added sugars visit choosemyplate.gov.

 

How do I tell how much added sugar is 10% of my daily calories?

10-percentThe easiest way to think about added sugar is envisioning teaspoons of sugar.  For example, if Joe requires around 2000 calories a day, 10% of this would be approximately 12 teaspoons of added sugar (or 200 calories of added sugar). In a typical 12-ounce soda, on average, there are 10 teaspoons of added sugar. A typical 20-ounce soda has 17 teaspoons of added sugar! In other words, by Joe having just one 20-ounce soda is over the daily limit of 10% of added sugar.

It adds up fast!

Spoons-of-SugarWhen kids drink sugary drinks throughout the day, the sugar really adds up fast! Did you know that the added sugar from sugary drinks is roughly half of the total added intake for most children? Check out the picture to the right. Remember, the daily limit of added sugar is less than 10% of total calories. This includes all added sugar in items such as baked goods, sweets, candy, to name a few. Sugary drinks is not the only source of added sugar! 

 

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