According to an article in qz.com, new data presented last week at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting, showed that American infants are consuming excessive amounts of added sugar. We know that processed sugar is bad for kids. Yet, the article says the study showed that toddlers are consuming at least some added sugar on a given day, and a broad increase in sugar intake.
One of the reasons for this could be that although we know that our children and grand-children should drink more fluids, it can be hard to get them to drink plain water. Most kids, and many adults, like a sweet taste. Sometimes it seems easier just to buy them soda or sweetened juice, thinking that they are at least getting fluids. Without really considering the dangers of sweetened drinks, we can be unknowingly causing them phyiscal harm.
If you have a hard time getting your kids to drink water and finding healthy drinks for them, here are three tips that might help:
Keep a glass jug of water in the refrigerator with fruit in it;
Buy your kids cool water bottles to carry with them and keep them full of cold water; and
Carry some no-sugar powered drink packets with you to add to water once in awhile for a lift-me-up.
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