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The American Heart Association recommends that children’s dietary intake of added sugars be less than six teaspoons of added sugars per day, but a small 12-ounce soda contains over that amount by 4 teaspoons of sugar.
One way to help reduce the intake of added sugars in children’s diets is to reduce the consumption of drinks with added sugars, like sodas, flavored milk, juices, sweet teas and lemonades.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest and Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center is working to continue efforts of removing sugary beverages from kids’ menus by bringing awareness of chain restaurants that have committed to removing soft drinks from kids menus and pointing out some of the biggest American Restaurant chains that continue to push sugar drinks on their kids’ menus.
Since 2013, they have helped encourage McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dairy Quee, Applebee’s, and more to take get soda off kids’ menus for good.
To learn more about the progress and the plans to move forward, click here.
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By The Numbers
of Latino kids have had a sugary drink by age 2 (vs. 45% of white kids)