Find alternatives to sugary drinks. Choose water and low-fat milk instead. This simple step can have a big impact on your health. Sugary drinks include sodas, sports drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sweetened tea, flavored coffee, and juice.
Did you know that water makes up 60% of your body weight? Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues. So, how much do we need to drink every day? It varies greatly depending on your activity level, age, gender, and body size. Also, living in the Florida heat means we need more water. Let thirst be your guide. Have water available throughout the day especially for outdoor activities. An added bonus, swap high calorie beverages for water to get rid of empty calories and help with weight loss goals.
100 % Juice
Children can easily drink too much fruit juice. It taste good and never gives you the feeling of fullness that whole fruit does. Too much juice can contribute to poor nutrition, obesity, and tooth decay.
Myth #1: Fruit drinks are healthy.
Fruit drinks can have 10% or less of juice, which means that the main ingredient added is sugar.
Myth #2: Children need fruit drinks to get enough vitamin C.
Whole fruits and vegetables are the best source of vitamin C. Good sources of vitamin C include strawberries, oranges, kale, tomatoes, broccoli and potatoes.
Myth #3: Children need sports drinks after vigorous physical activity.
Drinking sports drinks during routine physical activity or to satisfy thirst increases your risk of excess weight gain. Most sports drinks contain 4 teaspoons of added sugar per cup.
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