Healthier Beverages to Stock in Your Household for Children
In today’s world, unhealthy drinks can be found everywhere you look. From sodas full of sugar and preservatives to fruit drinks that aren’t really made of fruit, there are a lot of unhealthy choices for your children.
But it’s critical that you make sure your child makes healthy choices in drinks. Not only do these unhealthy beverages lack vitamins that your child needs, they can also cause problems with growth and development.
So what are good choices for your child? It’s time to get back to basics.
Water. The absolute best beverage for your child to drink is water. Water is essential to the function of every part of the body. Sadly, most children who eat the Western diet are dehydrated much of the time.
Having plenty of fresh water available is one way to make sure your child has the option to drink this healthy liquid. If your child doesn’t like the taste of plain water, you can try squeezing some lemon juice or limejuice into the water to give it flavor. Serving water very cold also can make it more favorable for your child.
While there are plenty of flavored waters on the market, many of them are flavored with artificial sweeteners. While this doesn’t cause them to be higher in calorie, artificial sweeteners may not be the best things for your child’s body. Try to stick to plain water as much as possible.
Juice. Many parents worry that their children will be drinking too many calories if they drink fruit juice. Some recent research shows that drinking juice, even in large amounts, doesn’t cause your child to become obese later in life.
While your child should get most of his hydration from water, it’s okay to have a few servings of fruit juice every day. However, make sure that you’re giving your child 100% juice. Many beverages claim to be fruit drinks, but have as little as 2% actual fruit juice and are filled with sugar and corn syrup instead.
Milk. Milk is another great beverage for growing children. Kids tend to like it and it’s a great source of calcium and protein. Even flavored milks are a healthier alternative to soda.