March is National Nutrition Month, and at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital we want to help you and your child better understand how sweetened drinks can negatively affect their bodies. According to 5210+10, a pediatric obesity prevention program supported locally by Kohl’s Cares, children should drink zero sweetened drinks, and try water as their drink of choice.
Many parents make a conscious effort to keep their kitchens free from excess sugar found in many children’s foods. They steer clear of cookies, candies and other junk foods, replacing them with healthier snack options. But what about those juice boxes, sports drinks and diet sodas that are so popular? “Be mindful of diet sodas and zero calorie drinks because some people tend to overeat because they feel these allow to eat larger portions,” says Patrice J. Tyson, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.
Helping your child understand why sweetened drinks aren’t healthy is an important lesson to teach when it comes to learning about their overall health.
For more about 5210+10 and zero-sweetened drinks, click here. Or to find out more about other healthy options for your kids, check out our latest articles about Healthy Sleep, Staying Active and Heart-Healthy Recipes.