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February 19, 2013

Kids are sweet enough

by Hansa Bhargava, MD

As a mom, I worry about the amount of sugar my kids eat. And as a pediatrician, I know that too much sugar has been associated with obesity and other illnesses in our children. That’s why I am glad to see that the CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) is asking the FDA to look at how much sugar is in the sodas that our kids drink.

Did you know that a 16-ounce bottle of soda can have up to 16 teaspoons of sugar? Experts recommend only 9 teaspoons a day for an adult man and 6 teaspoons a day for women. So for kids, one bottle is far too much sugar, and that doesn’t include other sugary food they may eat that day. Sadly, sodas are the biggest source of calories for many Americans.

Do you think that sodas should have less sugar, or even artificial sweeteners? How do you decide how much sugary food or drinks your son or daughter has in a day?

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