You may be putting in a lot of effort to pack a nutritious lunch for your child, but those fruits and vegetables don’t stand a chance when paired with a sweet, sugar-loaded beverage.
Limiting (or perhaps even eliminating) soda consumption sets your kid on the path to a healthy lifestyle. According to Harvard School of Public Health, people who consume one or more cans of soda a day have a 26 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely have such drinks. Beyond soda, the juice boxes that your children love are not necessarily healthy, even if they claim to be made with real fruit. Fruit should be eaten, instead of juice, because fruit is loaded with fiber and other healthy nutrients to keep your children full.
Hydration is so important for children, but hydrating with juice boxes, energy drinks, and soda will fill your child’s body with sugar. This added sugar disrupts their attention and can cause a serious drop in energy. If your child refuses to drink milk or water, try filling a pitcher of water with frozen fruit overnight. That way, your child will enjoy a naturally sweetened water and be able to enjoy the fruit afterwards.