Think gaining weight is the only risk of drinking too much soda and fruit juice? Think again. While sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are sources of empty calories, other ingredients like caffeine deserve attention too. Here’s a look at ingredients that require a second look before choosing soda or fruit juice for children.
Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and fruit juice are the largest source of added sugar in children’s diets, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children consume an average of 12-35 teaspoons of sugar a day in the form of sodas, fruit juice and sports drinks, according to a study by the American Heart Association. Increased sugar consumption has been linked to:
While there are no caffeine recommendations for children in the U.S., Canadian guidelines suggest limiting caffeine intake to 45 milligrams a day for children 4-6 years old and 85 mg a day for children 10-12 years old. A 12-ounce can of Coke contains 35 mg of caffeine, while a can of Diet Coke contains up to 47 mg of caffeine.
Caffeine, even in small amounts, can have the following effect on children:
— By Dharti Shah, Bastyr dietetic intern, and Debra Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.
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