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Kids addicted to carbonated drinks? 5 tasty and healthy drinks you can try giving them

Apr 07, 2017

As a parent, one of your top priorities is to always provide the best nutrition to your children to help them grow mentally and physically strong. Simultaneously, parents also need to make sure that children consume foods and beverages in moderation. Studies suggest that children who are constantly being deprived of treats are more likely to engage in binge eating and drinking. Therefore, by creating a balance in their daily diet you can help your children lead a healthy life. Just like solid food, even liquids play an important role in the growth and proper functioning of the human body.

But why are carbonated drinks not good for your children?

Carbonated and other sweetened beverages are high in sugar, colourings, preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. They also contain caffeine, which is diuretic in nature and causes dehydration. One of the major problems with carbonated drinks is that the stomach doesn't register that it's full even after consuming hundreds of calories. It does not behave like solid food. Therefore, consuming sugar-sweetened or carbonated drinks will not curb hunger and are often wasted calories. Overall, this is not healthy for your growing children.

Carbonated drink and the pH level

Battery acid is known to have a pH level of 1.0 and Coke has a pH of 2.52. At room temperature, pure water has a pH of 7.0. The pH level in carbonated drinks can lead to digestive problems. When there’s too much acid in your body fluids, it causes acidosis. This condition occurs when your lungs and kidneys can’t balance your body’s ph balance. Similarly, carbonated drinks are acidic in nature and cause damage to the teeth as well.

Take a look at 5 healthy beverages when compared to carbonated drinks

1. Clean and pure water

You can never go wrong when it comes to safe and purified water. It has numerous benefits. Water will help your children stay active and hydrated. It’ll help prevent constipation and urinary tract infections. Plus, there are no added calories or sugar. Water is a good source of fluoride that helps in maintaining healthy teeth. Educate your child as to how important it is and how they’ll greatly benefit from drinking clean and pure water.

2. Milk

Cow's milk is rich in calcium and vitamin D. For healthy growth, it’s a brilliant source of protein and other nutrients as well. If your children drink 16 to 20 ounces of cow's milk a day, they’ll get enough vitamin D and calcium. Low-fat milk is perfect for children who are two years and older. But also, make sure that you don't give them more than 3 cups of milk each day. Your children will feel stuffed and will not be in the mood to engage in their regular diet.

3. Soy milk

This form of milk is a good alternative to cow’s milk. It’s rich in omega-3 fats and does not contain cholesterol or saturated fats. When you’re choosing soy milk for your child, make sure the brand is fortified with vitamins A, D and B12 and calcium. For children below the age of 2, it’s important you choose the whole-fat version and not low-fat or non-fat. Bear in mind that the flavoured varieties may contain added sugar.

4. Fruit juice

For children fruit juice is one of their favourite drinks. One serving of fruit each day is recommended. It’s another healthy and smart alternative to carbonated drinks. Similarly, whole fruits make a better choice because they are rich in fibre and nutrients. Preparing fresh and delicious fruit juice is a clever option to help your children stay healthy and strong. Limit the fruit juice to 3/4 cup or 6 ounces per day and choose 100 percent juice. Children who are 7 years and older can drink up to 1 cup a day or 8 ounces.

5. Vegetable juice

Vegetables are rich in dietary fibre and nutrients. Preparing a vegetable juice that your children will enjoy is great news for you as a parent. It’s like eating one good serving of vegetables that’s recommended per day. Maximise the juice’s nutritional value but don’t compromise on the flavour. You can add a fruit like an apple or pear to sweeten it. Certain vegetable juices may contain more than half of a child's daily sodium allowance in one particular serving. So, you need to make sure that you choose a low-sodium version.

During weekdays, you can choose to serve your children healthy milk-based drinks or fruit juices. On the weekends, as a fun and engaging activity, you could try preparing a delicious beverage out of vegetables and fruits. As your children grow older, educate them on the benefits of healthy drinks and how it’ll help them in the longer run.

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