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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kids Drinks You Might Want To Avoid

I recently read an article that showed just how unhealthy favorite kids’ drinks are. With childhood obesity and diabetes reaching epidemic proportions, sugary drinks are a main culprit.

Read the article below to find out which drink has in a single 6.75-ounce serving 90 calories and 25 grams of sugar. That's more sugar per ounce than in a regular Coke.

Slick advertising makes it easy to believe a drink is healthy and safe when it’s really not.

Want to know what popular drinks are listed as unhealthy?

Check out the article here: Popular Kids’ Drinks To Avoid

Here are some of the article’s highlights:

Hi-C - is only 10 percent juice. A single 6.75-ounce serving contains 90 calories and 25 grams of sugar. That's more sugar per ounce than in a regular Coke.

Hawaiian Punch - Eight ounces has 70 calories and 17 grams of sugar. With just 5 percent juice, this drink also includes preservatives and artificial flavors and colorings such as "red 40" in its ingredient list. “Red 40” dye has been linked to many health and behavioral problems.

SunnyD - SunnyD Tangy Original is just 5 percent juice. Along with 80 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C, there are 11 grams of sugar in a 6.75-ounce bottle.

Capri Sun - One 6-ounce pouch packs 60 calories and 16 grams of sugar.

Dannon Danimals - These 3.1-ounce yogurt smoothies only have 10 percent of the recommended daily calcium based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Slightly more for a kid's 1,600 calorie diet-plus 70 calories and 14 grams of sugar.

Wow! That’s a lot of added sugar our kids don’t need!

Purified water is best and I do believe in some organic milk if your child is not allergic to it with the occasional juice made from organic fruit.

Want to know what drink I give my son as a hydration drink and in place of pop or sugary drinks? I give him a watered down version of Shaklee’s Orange Performance Drink.

This drink is safe to give to children and is great to use if they are sick and dehydration is an issue. It replenishes better than Pedialyte and it tastes a lot better.

My son is always asking for his “orange drink” as he calls it and I feel good giving him a drink that’s good for him. Plus his pediatrician said, “Excellent!” when I told him this is what he drinks.

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