Remember as a kid how much you loved drinking sugary beverages like soda, lemonade and fruit juice? Children today are still consuming those same beverages except now the variety of choices has increased (so has the marketing). Unfortunately, those delicious, sugar-filled drinks aren’t always the best beverage choices for children (or adults).
Most adults enjoy indulging in sweetened beverages but are also aware of the importance of drinking plenty of water (eight glasses a day is ideal), but are you ensuring your children take part in this effort? Truth be told, children are less likely to consume water according to a recent study done by The NPD Group. Children tend to drink soft drinks or milk during meals and fruit-type drinks in between meals.
According to http://sugarydrinkfacts.org, a 12-ounce can of soda typically contains 10.5 teaspoons of sugar and there are at least 15 grams of sugar per serving in two-thirds of the drinks marketed to children. This means that children get their TOTAL daily intake of sugar in one sweet drink alone. That’s A LOT of sugar, and it has its side effects. Sugary beverages are a major contributor to childhood obesity and double the risk of dental problems in children according to http://kickthecan.info.
So start replacing those oh so desirable sugary drinks with water. If your children don’t like the taste of water, add some lemon or lime for flavor or try feeding them more fruits and vegetables, which are chock-full with water. Children need plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy, so next time they are thirsty, help them hit the tap!