Facts About Soft Drinks
Let’s look at some facts about soft drinks. Sugary sodas and soft drinks are popular with kids. 2 in 3 kids in the United States consume at least one soda per day, and 30 percent consume 2 or more. Soft drinks are a major source of added sugar in both kids and adults diets. If you are trying to limit added sugars- sugars that do not naturally occur in foods such as fruit- here are 3 strategies to try.
3 Facts About Soft Drinks
- Offer Water. If kids are thirsty, offer water as a first option. The sugar and caffeine often present in soda can make thirst worse, and water is always your best hydration option. If kids don’t like the plain taste of water, trying adding lemon or lime slices to add flavor. You can also offer sugar free seltzer water as a treat.
- Milk as an Option. Serve low-fat or fat-free mil or fortified dairy free beverages with no sugar added instead of soda at meals. Milk and dairy free mil offer hydration and also nutrients that soda does not.
- Cut Down on Soda Gradually. If your kids are used to drinking soda, it is probably a habit that might be difficult to break. Instead of eliminating it altogether, start by cutting it back weekly until you reach a daily limit of one serving of 8 to 12 ounces. If possible, you might be able to eliminate it altogether.
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Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach