Sweetened drinks contribute to childhood obesity and chronic diseases you would expect to see in a much older population. It’s very easy to slurp down a tasty beverage without thinking about the sugar that’s entering the system.
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Fruity juices, sweetened tea, athletic beverages and sodas contain plenty of sugar and calories. It’s better to just encourage water consumption. In lieu of 100 percent fruit juices, give your child fruit so they get the benefit of fiber with natural sugars.
Children should have eight ounces or fewer per week. Children under age two shouldn’t consume any sweetened beverages. Don’t stock your refrigerator or pantry with sugary drinks, so your child won’t consider them a regular option.
Listen as Dr. Natalie Muth joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to keep your kids from drinking too many sugary drinks.
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