Burlington SMArt Kids learn a healthy approach to Halloween treats and sugary drinks

| Posted On Nov 02, 2011 | By:
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Dr. Brittanny Boulanger

The post-Halloween weeks are upon us, but our SMArt Kids were neither scared by the tricks or, more importantly, will be scared by the treats.  After our recent SMArt Kids session, they are armed with some tips to resist the onslaught of sweet, syrupy and sugary treats. To limit your own trick-or-treater’s sugar intake after Halloween, try these tactics:

At the October 25th shared medical appointment, we reviewed the importance of limiting sugar in general, and specifically when it comes to sweetened beverages.  We investigated the quantity of sugar in common drinks. One sugar cube is equal to 2 grams of sugar or ½ teaspoon.  We learned that, basically, almost every bottle of soda, sports drink, juice, and iced tea has too much sugar – many of them have as much as 30 grams per serving!

SMArt Kids and parents both offered great suggestions for low sugar drink options:

Remember to read those drink labels closely. The ideal sugar content should be 0-5 grams per serving. Shoot for zero grams – the less sugar, the better. And don’t forget that the bottle sizes can be misleading, so always remember to check the serving size.

Here are some examples of those beverage labels and the sugar contained in bottled water, 100% juice, and soda:

To our SMArt Kids, keep up the good work!  We hope you enjoyed Halloween, but remember to keep your personal goals and all of your recent hard work in mind! Keep working hard – you’re doing great!

The SMArt Kids team is looking forward to seeing you in November.

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About Dr. Brittanny Boulanger

Joined Harvard Vanguard: 2005 Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA Internship: Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY Residency: Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY Board Certification: Pediatrics Hospital Affiliations: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA; Winchester Hospital, Winchester, MA Clinical Interests: Newborn medicine and adolescent medicine Personal Interests: Running, soccer, hiking, skiing, travel and spending time with her two young children.

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