Sugary beverages are emerging as a prime culprit. So now our child’s favourite drinks might not be healthful. It is just the main source of a childhood obesity and other hazardous diseases. Kids intake those unwanted calories in the form of added sugars.

Harmful Effects of Sugary Beverages:

Yet among adults also, sugary drinks cause many harmful effects such as health problems like type 2 diabetes, weight gain and in some cases, heart problems. Some research bring the fact into public knowledge that men who drink 12 or more ounces of a sugar-sweetened beverage per day are 20 percent more likely to the risk of heart disease than men who are desist. The permissible intake of sugar per day for children is 12 grams, or 3 teaspoons. While for men it will be no more than 36 grams of per day, which is equivalent to  9 teaspoons of sugar. And women can take no more than two-thirds of  a man’s intake.

Healthy Alternatives:

Many nutritionists  and dietitian suggests for milk, water, and small portions of 100 percent juice  instead for sugary beverages as they are the chief source of  childhood obesity. It is best for adults also to intake low-fat and fat-free milk, which is pure juice, rich in calcium, and offers lots of nutrients.

Take the case of the drink named Hi-C. It is of course rich in vitamin C and cater all the need of vitamin C for your  kid’s drink. However, it only consists of 10 percent real juice. A 6.75-ounce serving have 90 calories and 25 grams of sugar, which is similar to a regular Coke. So called health drink is not also free from this harmful preservatives and artificial additive  flavors.

There are healthier ways to quench a juvenile thirst. Prefer water instead of sugary beverages. It is proved by the Institute of Medicine that kids of ages 4 to 8 should get about 5 12-ounce glasses of water per day to be healthy. However, older kids and teens ages need to get between 5½ to 8 glasses, basing upon the age and gender.

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