I am happy to report that for the first time in 20 years, the amount of soda in the United states has dropped. I think this has occured due in part to soda's contribution to the obesity problem among the teens and children here in the United States. Soda is the number one source for calories. The amount of high fructose corn syrup in these soft drinks is remarkable
A single 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup. In 2001, we consumed almost 63 pounds of high fructose corn syrup, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
And soda will deplete some minerals predisposing young children to fractures and sprains and strains. Fruit juices are not a great alternative unless you dilute the juices. They are also packed with fructose causing weight gain.
Water is the best alternative. Start your child on water early -as an infant- and then they will desire the water instead of sugars. Too much sugar can cause weight issues, but also focusing problems, behavior problems and a weak immune system. These sugar snacks inthe form of beverages or other goodies are empty calories. While the child is filling up with sugar, their body is deprived of real nutrition. And in order to concentrate, perform at school or in sports, they need good nutrition. So don't let them fill themselves up on these calories. It is battle in which no one wins.
And please don't let them smoke !!!