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Public policies to stop kids from drinking sugary drinks

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Added sugar is bad for kids. It can lead to cavities, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Thatís why itís recommended that children get no more than 10% of their daily calories from added sugar. The problem is that according to recent data, added sugar makes up 17% of the daily calories of the average child and teen. Almost half of that comes not from food,…

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