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Decreasing your kids intake of sugary drinks

Global Morning Show had me in to talk about helping kids decrease their intake of sugary drinks this summer. Watch it here, or read on...

It's hot out, and kids are looking for tasty options to quench their thirst! Unfortunately, sugar-sweetened drinks like pop and energy drinks are easy to find and inexpensive. The average 9-18 year old Canadian child drinks 2.5 cups of sugar-sweetened beverage per day!

Why is this a concern? The World Health Organization recommends less than 10% of our sugar intake should come from added sugar. This is about 12 tsp of sugar in a 2000 calorie diet. Yet a 500ml bottle of pop contains 17 tsp! These sugar-sweetened drinks cause cavities, but are also linked to chronic conditions like diabetes, cancers and obesity. Which can also affect kids.

To help decrease kids intake of sugary drinks, there are a few steps that the government can take to help

  1. The Canadian Federal Government is currently moving to restrict the marketing of food and beverages...
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