Family Health & Medical News
Study: Parents Misled by Sugared Beverages
A new study in Public Health Nutrition find that many parents are being fooled into thinking that flavored water and sports drinks are “healthy” options for kids, when in fact most have high amounts of sugar and are not much different than soda. The authors say many parents are thrown off by meaningless labels such as both “real and “natural,” or claims that a beverage is “low in sodium” or “low calorie” (all drinks by their very nature, are low in sodium, and “low calories” is relative; the problem has never been the number of calories, but the fact that they are “dead calories devoid of nutrition.” So don’t by the hype. It’s perfectly fine for your kids to have flavored beverages, but if these make up too big a proportion of what they drink overall, that’s a lot of extra calories and sugar.
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