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Healthy drink for your kid

Ilisapeci Tinanisigabalavu
Friday, January 12, 2018

Your child's school beverages contribute to how well they perform throughout the day. Children's minds and bodies are hard at work and play, so it is the parents' responsibilities to make sure they drink enough fluids. The www.health.clevelandclinic.org website gives an insight on the healthy drinks that parents can pack in their children's school bags. In this hot weather, try to avoid sugary drinks as much as possible.

HAVE -

Water: plain old water is the best way to go. It provides hydration and quenches thirst without adding any calories, fat or sugar.

Milk: milk provides protein, vitamin D and calcium. Kids should drink 16-24 ounces of milk or unsweetened milk alternative such as soy, coconut, almond milk daily.

AVOID -

Flavoured milk: one carton of chocolate or other flavoured milk adds four teaspoons of sugar to your child's diet. This sugary beverage provided added calories that are simply not needed.

Powdered fruit drinks: fruit punch, powdered mixes, lemonade and pouch drinks are simply sugar and water. Don't be fooled by nutrition claims that each serving contains 100 per cent vitamin C, if your child is eating five cups of fruits and vegetables every day, they are getting plenty of vitamin C.

Soft drinks: soda and soft drinks are sugar-laden beverages that offer zero nutritional benefit. Soft drinks are linked to poor dental health, excessive calorie intake, weight gain and type-two diabetes. Many of these drinks contain caffeine which children should avoid.

Sports drinks: these drinks promise the "ultimate hydration", but the average child does not need the nearly eight teaspoons of sugar that each 20-ounce bottle contains.

In moderation

Experts agree that limiting your child to four to six ounces of 100 per cent fruit juice each day is important for a healthy weight. Yes, real fruit juice contains only natural sugars - but those sugars can add a lot of extra calories quickly.

Ways to jazz up your child's water

* A tall glass of cool water infused with natural flavours - try adding berries, a citrus blend, cucumber and melon, or apples with a cinnamon stick. Work with your child to create fun combinations.








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