Sodas, fruit juices, and sweetened beverages all have equal amounts of sugar in them and are considered to be “empty calories.” Here are some more reasons to avoid sugary drinks.
for children older than 2 years of age
|Vegetable juice||Sport Drinks
(water is the optimal thirst quencher for most of our
Beverages sweetened with low/no calorie sweetener*
Notes for chart:
Children above 2 should drink 1% or fat-free milk. Note: Many supermarkets now carry a calcium fortified fat-free milk usually called Skim Deluxe. It contains 500 milligrams of calcium vs. 300 milligrams in an 8 oz. serving.
*More of these products are available today: diet soft drinks, sport drinks (Propel), ice tea, fruit drinks and others. The main no calorie sweeteners used today (solo or in combination) are, acesulfame-potassium, aspartame and sucralose. These sweeteners are FDA approved and are safe for people of all ages, including children.
The first four categories of healthier drinks should be offered to children most frequently. However when the choices are limited, such as at restaurants or family activities, opt for beverages sweetened with low/no calorie sweeteners.