Sugar seems to be in everything. Even most juices that claim to be “all-natural” are anything but natural. They are more than likely from concentrate and loaded with sugar. Soda is also consumed by many children (and adults) while water is being drank less and less. Sugar is linked to diabetes and obesity yet the FDA approves so many unhealthy sweetened liquids. So what is a parent to do when it comes to what their children should drink and not drink? It’s important to stop the craving for sweets early on so your children can make healthy nutrition choices as they get older. The Truth
Become educated on what you purchase for your children to eat and drink. You can’t trust the companies that make the food and drinks your children consume to keep them healthy. Their main goal is to make money and loading drinks with sugar makes them craved more - Hence being purchased more. Unhealthy food and drink are targeted mainly to the youth because they are so vulnerable.
Though the ingredients label may not read ‘sugar,’ there are other names for sugar. High fructose corn syrup, barley malt, buttered syrup, cane sugar, caramel, just to name a few. The point is you need to know exactly what is in your child’s drink. Though it may be a ‘fruit juice’ doesn’t mean it’s necessarily natural, healthy, or beneficial to your child’s health.
Make Your Own
You can save a ton of money in the long run by buying your own juice extractor and juicing different varieties of fruits and vegetables for your children and yourself daily. A juicer separates the juice from the skin and pulp and should be drunk within a few hours to consume maximum vitamins and nutrients. Many new juicers are easy-to-clean and easy-to-use and the juicing and cleaning takes only about 10 minutes daily. Some may think, “I don’t have an extra 10 minutes every morning to make my child fresh juice!” but the truth is you do. It’s a matter of making time. Your children learn from example so it’s important to instill healthy eating and drinking at a young age.
Other than making your own juice, minimize or completely abandon soda and other sugary drinks like flavored milk. Children, like adults, need proper hydration that comes from liquids like water, coconut water, and natural homemade juice. Anything else is packed with sugar and salt that will cause dehydration, obesity, and diabetes.