What to give the kids to drink?

April 20th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge
With so many appealing watering holes in St Albans and the lighter evenings and warmer days it is great to get out and about with the family. And who wouldn’t want to try the latest new soft drink? The UK loves its pop and apparently people got through 14.8 billion litres last year, or 232.9 litres each!
 
But in the wake of the new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry to be introduced in two years' time, raising £520m a year to be spent on doubling funding for primary school sport in England, it might be worth taking stock of what the kids are drinking. Especially in the light of the rise in tooth decay in young children associated with consuming too much sugar.
 
In most cases it really is best to stick with the classics milk, and water.  Water really is best for keeping children older than one years old hydrated and healthy. It staves off fatigue, muscle weakness and headaches. “Developing a taste for water is important because kids who consume too many sweetened beverages may come to expect that every drink should be sugary,” says Nicolas Stettler, associate professor of paediatrics and epidemiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
 
If you don’t have any H2O fans in your family more and more St Albans cafes are flavouring water with crushed berries, mint leaves half an unwaxed lemon or even cucumber. If you sometimes let the kids have juice, make sure you go for drinks with a 100 percent juice, without added sugar, as kids aged between 1 to 6 years old can consume four to six ounces a day too much, which also adds a lot of calories.
 
Source: Parenting.com