Health Tip: Watch What Your Child Drinks

Calories in fruit juice, soda add up

(HealthDay News) -- Fruit juice, soda and other drinks that are high in sugar can add lots of calories to a young person's diet, causing children and teens to pack on the pounds, not to mention the added risk of tooth decay.

The Nemours Foundation says a single 12-ounce soft drink with sugar per day raises a child's risk of obesity by 60 percent.

To save on calories and sugar, try replacing soda and sugar-sweetened fruit juices with water, skim milk or 100 percent fruit juice.

Although there's no added sugar in pure fruit juice, be advised that the calories from the natural sugars can still add up, the foundation says.

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