Many of the drinks that you may be feeding your children may sound healthy but they really have lots of sugar and calories. And of course the drink companies are targeting our kids with their commercials for their calorie laden sugar water. And, childhood obesity continues to rise. If you or your kids are drinking something other than water, check the label. What are the ingredients? How many calories? How much sugar? How many words can’t you pronounce? Even if it is real 100% juice, have them eat the fruit or vegetable as God made it – whole. Juicing destroys the fiber and you end up mainlining the sugar from the fruit or vegetable.
Too Much Sugar in Drinks Marketed to Kids
WebMD, October 31, 2011: It’s no surprise that many sodas have a lot of sugar. What may be more surprising is that many fruit drinks, often billed as healthier alternatives, are often loaded with close to the same amount of sugar and calories.
Researchers from Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity looked at the contents of close to 600 drinks made by 14 companies. They included sugary sodas, energy and sports drinks, fruit drinks, flavored waters, and iced teas as well as diet energy drinks and diet children’s fruit drinks.
They found that an 8-ounce serving of a full-calorie, non-diet fruit drink has on average 110 calories and 7 teaspoons of sugar. This is equal to the amount that is found in an 8-ounce serving of sugary soda or energy drink.
Many fruit and energy drinks have as much added sugar and calories as sugary sodas. Some of these drinks have as much sugar as an 8-year-old should consume in a day. Full-calorie iced teas, sports drinks, and flavored waters typically contain 3 to 5 teaspoons of sugar per 8-ounce serving, the report states.
Drinking just one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened drink everyday increases a child’s odds for becoming obese by 60%. Sugary drinks are the No. 1 source of added sugar in our diets and the No. 1 source of calories for teens, the report states.
Parents believe that drinks like Capri Sun, Sunny D, Gatorade, and Vitamin Water are healthy choices for their kids, but they are not.
Researchers were surprised by how little juice there was in children’s fruit drinks. And a lot of diet drinks have artificial sweeteners. But unless you know the chemical name, you wouldn’t realize it. The only appropriate drinks for children are water, low-fat milk, and 100% fruit juices.
Don’t be fooled by healthy-looking labels. Read the fine print and if you can’t pronounce it, you probably don’t need or want it in your child’s body.
So what can you do as a parent? Stop buying sugary drinks! I know, I know, it isn’t always that simple. But, just as weight loss has to be a family affair, so does health. Model healthy eating, exercise and drinking water to your kids. Childhood obesity is a national disgrace and an epidemic that is killing our children and bankrupting America. Hypnosis can help you and your children enjoy drinking fresh, cool water.
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