Soda and Kids

by dr.g

Simple nutrition tips for kids

If there were just one thing that I could insist that you do as a parent to improve your child’s health, and yours for that matter– It would be to never let them have soda pop. Now I realize that excluding something forever might only make them want it  more, but seriously, delay them tasting it for as long as possible so they are not so tempted. Then you need to seriously think about  what kind of restrictions you might want to place on their consumption.

Why is important to not drink soda?

Nutritionally,  soda has no value. It is empty calories, loaded with sugar and artificial color and sweeteners. Carbonation and phosphates leech calcium from the bones increasing risk of osteoporosis. It is horrible for digestion. It fills you up with calories that have no nutrition preventing you from eating healthy food. Just one soda a day can  raise your  risk of diabetes by 25%. It also increases the risk of  weight gain.
You might say I drink the zero calorie soda so this will help me to stay slim.. Well, this may be even worse if you are trying to lose weight because studies have shown that fake sugars are hundreds of times sweeter than natural sugar. This dulls our tastes buds, making real food seem not as tastey or sweet, leading us to choose more processed or fake foods. It also increases a chemical in the body that craves us to want more sweets, resulting in overeating and weight gain.

The bottom line is we need to accept the fact that there really is no good reason for any child or adult for that matter to drink soda, other than the fact that you may think it tastes good. But you have to recognize the fact that making the choice to let your kids drink soda could be detrimental to their health, and for that reason a parent may want to place some restrictions on how much soda their child can have at the same time teaching them about its negative health impacts. I guess no different than not allowing them to eat cookies and cake every day!!

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Katie Willadsen April 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I never knew how bad pop actually was. I have never been a pop drinker and after reading this I’m glad!!

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dr.g April 20, 2011 at 1:52 am

I try and let kids and adults know if there is one thing you want to do to improve your health it is cut out all soda pop…

If there are two then next would be to eliminate all white breads, flours, sugars and highly processed packaged foods as much as possible.

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