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Health Tip: Is Your Child Getting Too Much Sugar?

-- Too much sugar in a child's diet can contribute to weight and dental problems.

The Baylor College of Medicine offers these suggestions for limiting the amount of sugar your child gets:

  • When baking, cut sugar down to two-thirds of what the recipe says.
  • Sweeten cookies and other baked goods with dried fruits instead of candy or chocolate.
  • Instead of offering your child a muffin or a doughnut for breakfast, serve a bagel.
  • Serve natural, unsweetened fruit juice instead of sodas or other sugar-laden beverages.
  • Save candy for a special treat. Only allow your child candy once or twice a week.
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Posted: January 2009