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Healthy Tips to Prevent Childhood Diabetes

DITCH THE JUICE

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DITCH THE JUICE

Orange juice seems like a healthy alternative to soda, right? Think again. Joyce Keady, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Harvard Medical School's Joslin Diabetes Center, recommends cutting out the soda and the juices from your child's diet. While they don't present a major issue in small quantities, the larger servings sold at supermarkets and vending machines can be problematic.

Because sugary fruit juices represent empty calories, Keady suggests choosing low-fat milk or water over juice. "If you are having 12 ounces of juice a couple of times a day, seven days a week, that's a lot of calories over a year, and cutting that out, you can drop a lot of weight," Keady said.

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