Soda is a detrimental drink for your health. This is especially true for children because they are in a critical time for development and soda provides too much sugar, artificial flavors, and artificial colors. Nutritious drinks your children should have instead of soda are real fruit juice, milk, and smoothies.
Real Fruit Juice
Real fruit juice has some benefits over soda. Because it is from fruits it contains vitamins and minerals which are important for your growing child. Fruit juices can also be fortified with vitamins and minerals during manufacturing. You should still limit real fruit juice your child drinks because they are filled with sugar and contain no fiber. This can cause a blood sugar spike and crash and can leave your child hungry. In addition, the sugars can also cause damage to the teeth. Real fruit juice is still better than soda because it doesn’t have the same sugar content and artificial flavor and color.
Milk contains important nutrients that children need to grow. The nutrients found in milk include all the macronutrients which are protein, carbs, and fats. The fat in whole milk options is important for calorie supply which can be especially helpful if your child is picky or not a big eater. Milk also includes calcium which is important for building strong bones and muscles.
Smoothies help you to get your child to eat fruits and vegetables. Smoothies take whole foods and blend them which will contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Smoothies can also be an unhealthy option, so you need to make sure that you choose ingredients wisely. You don’t want too much fruit because that can lead to way too much sugar intake. Because they are blended, smoothies may also not send the same signals to the brain to let your child know when they are satisfied. For a balanced smoothie you can choose some fruits, vegetables, and some dairy to give it protein and fat for a balanced drink.
If your child has soda once in a while, it won’t make a huge impact, however in their time of growth and development it is important for them to have nutritious foods and drinks. Giving them nutritious drinks will not only help them get important nutrients but will help them build healthy habits. This will help your children grow strong and set them up for a healthy lifestyle.
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