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Sugar Babies

Do you know how much sugar is in the drinks your children may be consuming?  The Indianapolis Star recently ran an article describing the sugar content in popular drinks and their relationship to childhood obesity.  The sugar content of these drinks also has a direct relationship with tooth decay.  Here are some examples of the sugar content in popular drinks:

10oz Orange Juice = 30g sugar = 12 sugar cubes

7.5oz Cola Beverage = 25g sugar = 10 sugar cubes

6.75oz Apple Juice = 22g sugar = 9 sugar cubes

6.5oz Vanilla Low-fat Mild = 7.5g sugar = 3 sugar cubes

Keep these figures in mind when giving children drinks during the day.  In between meals, only water should be given for refreshment.  Milk is great for meals.  If you do give your child a sugary drink, with meals is best.  Make sure they brush their teeth after meals.  If these guidelines are followed, we can help prevent both childhood obesity and tooth decay.  To read the entire article, go to http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011110230361