Important memo to parents: Children are a species of human with a digestive system just like you. It’s more than OK to feed them exactly what you feed yourself. It’s probably better for them because most products marketed to kids are higher in sugar and artificial food dyes compared to their adult equivalent. Cereal is the classic example.
That is why we are often skeptical when learning about the launch of a new product for children. Especially a beverage for children, when we well know that they should really be drinking water. That’s why we were not very happy to learn about a new tea for kids – Little Me Tea.
The company was started by a mom who added fruit juice to her tea to make it appealing to her children. While we certainly admire mompreneurs, we have to ask ourselves, do kids really need another sweetened beverage option? According the company, their product is a healthier alternative to sodas and juice drinks because it has less sugar in it, and they it is all from fruit and veggies.
In fact, the company says it has less sugar than competing healthy brands of kids’ drinks like Honest Kids, or Juicy Juice.
Julia’s Tropical Tea has 25 calories from 6 grams of naturally occurring sugar. That’s about one and a half teaspoons of sugar for a 6.75 fl oz box of tea. The ingredients:
Filtered Water, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate, Organic Sweet Potato Puree, Organic Clarified Mango, Organic Orange, Organic Pineapple, Organic Carrot Juices from Concentrate; Organic Natural Flavors, Organic White Tea, Organic Rooibos (Red) Tea,Organic Hibiscus Extract, Organic Chamomile Extract.
Overall the ingredient list looks solid. Note that none of these juices have any nutrition left in them compared to the real fruit – no fiber, no vitamin C, no antioxidants.
The pros: organic, sweetened with fruits and veggies, no caffeine. The cons: still a sweet drink at a time when we really really need our kids to be drinking only water. And yet, there could be room for this type of drink as the beverage choice at a birthday party, or maybe a handout for weary Trick or Treaters?
Would you buy Little Me Tea for your kids?