When your kids are thirsty, they need a refreshing drink to quench their thirst. We know that water is the best choice for us when we are thirsty—it’s a beverage that’s going to keep our bodies healthy AND hydrated!
Unfortunately, sugary drinks are often what children and adults reach for, sometimes because they’re cheaper, sometimes because they’re easier to find. Whatever the reason, we’re not doing our bodies any favors. Sugary drinks are just “empty” calories. That is, the caloric sweeteners in them have no nutritional value. To make matters worse, sugary drinks have a unique and proven harm. Consumption is directly linked to expensive, chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Drinking just one sugary drink a day increases a woman’s risk for type 2 diabetes by 80% and increases a man’s risk of heart disease by 20%.
At a time when more people are concerned about their health and how what they eat and drink plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy weight in order to prevent issues such as diabetes and heart disease, we must focus on making healthy drink options the norm for kids and families.
It’s time we take steps to stop sugary drinks from hooking our kids.