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Potter the Otter's Tips for Healthy Kids

Drink water &
skim milk


Reward children
with non-food prizes

Limit 100% juice to
4-6 oz. per day

Did you know?

The American Heart Association recommends limiting children’s sugar intake to 3-4 teaspoons per day. Consuming more than that can lead to health risks, such as childhood obesity.

Here's what parents can do:

The average 4-to-5-year-old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar every day. That comes to 65 pounds of added sugar a year! Most of this sugar intake comes in the form of fruit juices, high-fat desserts, soft drinks, and candy.

Here’s a trick for finding out
how much sugar is in a food or drink.

Tip: Remember the number 4.

  • Find “grams of sugar”on the nutrition label.
  • Grams of sugar : 4 = teaspoons of sugar.
  • For example: In a 20-ounce soda, there are 69g of sugar.
    So 69 รท 4 = 17 teaspoons of sugar, which is too much!

Check out how much sugar is in some popular drinks

(8 oz, 86 cal)
3 tsp

(8 oz, 200 cal)
6.25 tsp

(8 oz, 60 cal)
3.5 tsp

(6.75 oz, 60 cal)
4 tsp

(12 oz, 50 cal)
5.5 tsp

(6.75 oz, 100 cal)
6.25 tsp

(8 oz, 110 cal)
6.5 tsp

(12 oz, 140 cal)
10 tsp