Are sugary drinks killing your family? Health professionals now suspect that drinks with calories, especially sugary ones, may be the single biggest contributor to weight gain in both children and adults. Drinks such as Soda, Kool-Aid, Sunny D, Gatorade, and even fruit juice all contain alarming amounts of sugar that can lead to weight gain that is associated with increased risks for:
- · Heart disease
- · Type 2 diabetes
- · Cancer
- · High blood pressure
- · Sleep apnea
- · Asthma
We used to associate these conditions with older adults but are now seeing them in children as young as 6 years old. Early childhood excess weight gain can even lead to stunted height and early-onset puberty.
Check out this chart to see the consequences of drinking some of the most popular kids beverages.
Protect your family. Serve low-fat or fat-free milk with meals. Limit 100% fruit juice to no more than 1 cup per day and cut it with water to reduce the sugar per volume. Most importantly, focus on water! Encourage and reward your family for drinking water. Give everyone their own water bottle and allow them to decorate it with paint pens or stickers. Save money by filling those bottles from the tap. Baton Rouge tap water ranks as the 2nd cleanest water in the nation.
Remember, a hydrated family is a health family.