From toddlers to teens we need to be concerned about what choices our children are making when they’re thirsty.
Even noncarbonated drinks, such as lemonade, fruit drinks, sports drinks, etc., are adding empty calories to our children’s diets every year.
So, what are children reaching for when they’re thirsty?
Promoted as the best way to re-hydrate, these drinks are advertised as full of electrolytes and all “that an active body needs”. Sports Drinks
Sports Drinks What they don’t tell you is that these drinks contain high fructose corn syrup (sugar) and unhealthy additives.
Researchers at the University of Maryland exposed teeth enamel to a variety of sports beverages; including energy drinks, fitness water and sports drinks. Sports Drinks Source: www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=43545
Sports Drinks They found that the damage to the enamel was up to eleven times greater with the sports drinks than any other refreshment because of the acid from the additives.
Energy Drinks Sports drinks on steroids, these are a drink of choice for many teenagers.
With late nights studying and getting up early for school, often teenagers will reach for this canned “pick me up” to help them get through after-school activities and studies. Energy Drinks
Commercials for these drinks are geared to our youth: be hip, be cool, drink this! But at what expense to their health? Energy Drinks
Red Bull, for example, gets its energy-boost from a mixture of caffeine, taurine (an amino acid) and a special kind of sugar, glucuronolactone. Energy Drinks
The absolute worst of the caffeinated category, soft drinks are nothing more than carbonated, liquid candy bars. Soft Drinks
Calorie for calorie – every can of soda is equivalent to eating a candy bar. Sugar Drinks
With up to 13% of the average teen’s caloric intake in a day being sugary drinks Sugar Drinks
Sugar Drinks It’s no surprise that a direct link between obesity and increased soft drink intake has been found. Source: www.commercialalert.org/news/Archive/2006/03/cutting-sugary-drinks-can-reduce-body-fat
What’s Being Replaced? Soft drinks are a problem for our children, not just for what they’re adding to their diet but for what they’re taking away.
The child that reaches for a soft drink is not reaching for a glass of water to quench their thirst. What’s Being Replaced?
What is Caffeine? Considered to be the most widely used drug in the world, caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system that causes increased heart rate and alertness.
What is Caffeine? Caffeine is found in tea leaves, coffee beans, chocolate, most soft drinks, pain relievers and other over-the-counter pills.
What is Caffeine? When taken in very moderate amounts many people feel that caffeine increases their mental alertness.
What is Caffeine? But higher doses of caffeine have been known to cause:
“ The Jitters”
What is Caffeine? Caffeine is addictive and has been known to cause withdrawal symptoms when consumption is abruptly halted.
What is Caffeine? These can include but are not limited to:
Caffeine and Exercise What does this mean for the teenager reaching for the energy drink during or after exercise?
Although he or she may think it’s a good thing, caffeine actually works against their body. Caffeine and Exercise
Caffeinated drinks actually lead to dehydration by increasing the need to urinate. Dehydration
Loss of calcium and potassium is a byproduct of caffeine usage that results in sore muscles and delayed recovery times after exercise. Delayed Recovery
What are we drinking? Every man, woman and child in North America ingests about 192 gallons of liquid per year. Source: www.ameribev.org
Carbonated Soft Drinks 28.3%
Bottled Water 10.7%
Fruit Beverages 4.7%
What are we drinking?
Sports Drinks 2.3%
Distilled Spirits 0.7%
All Others 15.3% - including: tap water, vegetable juice, powdered and other drinks
Product Serving Size Caffeine Starbucks Ice Cream 1 cup 40-60mg Haagen-Dazs 1 cup 58mg Dannon Coffee Yogurt 1 cup 45mg Hershey’s Special Dark 1 bar 31mg Hershey’s Milk Chocolate 1 bar 10mg Coffee Nips 2 pieces 6mg Caffeine Quantities
How much is too much? AGE Milligrams of Caffeine Under 4 Years 0 4 – 6 Years 45 7 – 9 Years 63 10 – 18 Years 85 Adults 400-450 Many health care professionals recommend: Your Family Wellness Chiropractor advocates little or no caffeine in your family’s daily diet.
Juice? What about
Fruit juices are better choices than sports or caffeinated drinks, but not much. Juice Drinks
The majority of juices found in the average household are not actually 100% fruit juice but fruit drinks , with the most popular culprit being the juice pouch or juice box. Juice Drinks
Simply put, fruit drinks are little more than water, sugar (high fructose corn syrup) and artificial flavoring. Juice Drinks
In a recent report, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that children are consuming too much fruit juice and not enough fruit. Juice Drinks A 6-oz glass of fruit juice might equal one serving of fruit but lacks the fiber necessary for good health and increases empty calorie consumption. Source: PEDIATRICS Vol. 107 No. 5 May 2001
Fruit Juice If your child is using an 8 oz. bottle or a 12 oz. glass, they’re quickly consuming the equivalent of 2 to 3 apples.
Sugar Consumption Removing the natural fiber of the whole fruit, results in just another sugary drink.
New Guidelines In response to a growing concern, the AAP set forth the following guidelines:
Juice should not be given to infants before they are at least 6 months old
Children should not be given juice from bottles or transportable covered cups that allow them to consume juice easily throughout the day
Source: PEDIATRICS Vol. 107 No. 5 May 2001
Children should not be given fruit juice before bed
Juice intake should be limited daily to:
4 to 6 oz for children 1 to 6 years old
8 to 12 oz for children 7 to 18 years old
Source: PEDIATRICS Vol. 107 No. 5 May 2001
With childhood obesity on the rise, and children being diagnosed with hypoglycemia and type II diabetes, eliminating juice altogether is the wisest choice. Stricter Guidelines Needed Many health care professionals believe these guidelines are not strict enough:
No Juice for the Baby The average baby bottle holds 8 oz; just two bottles of juice in a day is 16 ounces of fruit juice.
No Juice for the Baby 16 ounces of fruit juice is the same as eating four apples
Give your child water to drink instead. The Healthy Choice
Concerned Tips for Parents
Face it, most children don’t like drinking water and they aren’t going to be thrilled about giving up their sodas, sports drinks and juice. But there are a few things you can do to make this easier for them to accept. Tips for Concerned Parents
Tips for Concerned Parents Take all sports drinks, soft drinks and fruit drinks out of your home, leaving only water and 100% fruit juice as a rare option.
Tips for Concerned Parents Lead by example; by drinking water only, you encourage your children to have a healthier lifestyle.
Tips for Concerned Parents Stay the course: Don’t give in, remember that you’re doing this for your child’s health.
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