Most drinks contain a lot of sugar and could be impeding your child's ability to live a happy, healthy life! We often consume too much, product sizes are getting bigger, and it's harder to say no when drinks are offered with every meal. Actually some argue that it is not necessary to drink anything with a meal.
According to an article you can find here from the Huffington Post, "Research suggests that rapid consumption of the fructose in both sugar and high fructose corn syrup doesn't properly stimulate production of leptin, a hormone that sends the brain a signal when the body is satiated." This will never satisfy the body and only leave it craving more. These become just added, empty calories on top of whatever else is being consumed.
It is important to know that many drinks have little to no nutritional value. Make sure to check the ingredients before purchasing. If high fructose corn syrup is one of the ingredients, don't buy it! It is often the second ingredient, which are always listed from most to least. That would be like giving your child a sugar pill.
However, there are drinks that can provide good qualities, like antioxidants, and vitamins. Here is a way that you can offer them good drinks without overloading the sugar! I've found that by diluting a drink, you are lessening the amount of sugar intake while not hindering the flavor. Try putting about 1/4 water in a glass and then filling the rest with your preferred drink. You can even experiment with how much water you add before it starts affecting the taste; many drinks are highly concentrated and do not need to be so strong. Not to mention that doing this will save you money by using less! Make sure to offer enough water; alternative drinks are a nice change, but water is the best choice. Prevent dehydration this summer by drinking water each day.
If you use cow milk, consider switching to Almond milk as long as you know there is no nut allergy. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, making it good for your heart and has approximately 40 calories per serving; not much.
In almond milk you will find vitamin E, manganese, selenium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fiber, phosphorous and calcium. The flavonoids and high levels of antioxidant vitamin E prevent cancer and slow signs of aging. Buy the unsweetened version to avoid the added sugar. Better yet, make it at home. Here is a recipe you can try from Dr. Mercola's website!
Stay away from the sugary drinks and help you and your children have a fun, relaxing summer!