Drinks That Are Good for Kids
As much as possible, you want your kids to eat healthy foods. Occasionally, you allow them to eat sweets and other treats, but overall, you think that you do a great job of giving them healthy foods and drinks.
But are the drinks you are serving your child really healthy?
Some products that tout themselves as healthy and filled with vitamins and nutrients may not be actually healthy. And as a parent, you have to be aware of this fact.
Which drinks are good for your child and which ones are not?
Artificially colored drinks
Read the product label; if you see Red Dye №40 listed on it, do not buy that product. Although the FDA allows manufacturers to use this dye, studies indicate that some food dyes can cause hyperactive behavior in children. Although there is no conclusive study that proves that you should totally avoid giving children products which use these additives, err on the side of caution.
For athletes and people who exercise, sports drinks help replenish lost electrolytes and can give a good energy boost.
But for most people, including children, sports drinks are not necessary. In fact, you and your children can fare better from eating a piece of fruit, a salty snack and a drink of water.
Juices are made with fruits and natural ingredients which means that these are good for your child, right?
Not necessarily. During the processing of these products, much of the fruit is eliminated, leaving behind water, sugar and vitamins. Essentially, what you have is a lot of sugar added with water.
If your child insists on buying juice, dilute it with water before giving it to him. Alternatively, you can create your own juice by making a puree out of a whole fruit. This is a healthier alternative to juices because of the fiber.
Apart from water, one of the healthiest drinks around is milk. But do avoid skim milk which has been linked to unnecessary weight gain in children. Also, skim milk has been heavily processed. Stick to regular milk.
But what about other variations of this drink, like almond and soy milk? Again, check the product label. If the drink does not contain calorie-free sweeteners and other sugars, you can give it to your child without worries.
If your kid finds good old-fashioned milk boring, add some honey, cocoa, or spices like cinnamon to upgrade plain, boring milk.
Generally speaking, smoothies are not good for kids because these are loaded with unnecessary calories. However, you can make this drink healthier by choosing the right types of fruits. Experts recommend blueberries, bananas, and avocadoes.