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Q&A: Sugary Kids' Drinks

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Q: All the drinks my kids like are sugary. What are some non-sugary alternatives I can give them? — Caitlin, Old Tappan, NJ

A: Instead of letting your child indulge in sugary juices and sports drinks, which can lead to weight problems and rotted teeth, encourage them to drink plenty of water.

Another option is reduced-fat milk (except for children under age 2), which is a good source of protein, calcium and vitamin B12. Chocolate milk is also a great choice—it has the same bone building nutrients as regular milk and less sugar than unsweetened fruit juice.

Tips for Parents

  • Only buy soft drinks and other sugary drinks occasionally.
  • Dilute fruit juices with water.
  • Use small glasses for sugary drinks.
  • Carry water with you at all times for when children become thirsty.
  • Offer fruit, not fruit juice.

Tags: Beverages, Youth Fitness, Family