Ask the Dietitian: Avoid sugary drinks

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A big concern for parents is how much sugar their teens consume.

Mary Snell, a registered dietitian, said it's not easy to monitor what teens are eating and drinking.

She said that on average, teens consume 34 teaspoons of sugar every day compared to a recommended intake of 5-8 teaspoons.

The biggest contributors of added sugar are sweetened drinks, such as an 8-ounce Fruit Punch, Vitamin Water, Powerade, energy drinks and sodas.

She said healthier options include water, fresh or dried fruit and 100 percent juice in limited quantities.