One of the things that kills me to see, is a toddler toting a sippy cup filled with apple juice. The sugar in the juice is a double whammy – ruining a nascent set of teeth and setting the child up for a lifelong addiction to obesity inducing, nutrient poor, liquid calories.
A great public health initiative in San Francisco’s East Bay area is aiming to educate parents on the dangers of sugary drinks:
Ads in English and Spanish will appear on BART platforms, transit shelters, convenience store windows and in check-cashing facilities in Bay Point, Concord, Pittsburg, Richmond and San Pablo. The goal is to draw attention to the sugar in soda, flavored milk and juice boxes. Read more from the Mercury News…
If you’re thinking to yourself, “I know soda is bad, but apple juice has vitamins and healthy things for my child”, sorry – you have been duped.
A child size apple juice (4 ounces = half a cup) has over 3 teaspoons of sugar! Meanwhile it has no fiber, and barely any vitamins (unless vitamin C has been added artificially). Much better to teach your young child to chew on a real apple (peeled and cut).
If your children are drinking sugary beverages regularly, one of the best things you can do to ensure their health, is to wean them off this habit and switch exclusively to water. (Note: It usually helps if mom and dad provide a good example by drinking water as well…)