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Preschooler and Sugary Beverages

Posted on 08/6/2013

Preschoolers and sugary beverages seem to go hand-in-hand almost like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or milk and cookies. But, just because they are so popular doesn’t mean it is the best or healthiest choice for little, growing bodies.

New research out this week suggests those little kids who consume sugary beverages (soda, sports drinks and juices) on a regular basis have a greater chance of being obese. So much has been focused on those drinks and their impact on older bodies, but it has not really been examined with younger children. Now we have proof of how harmful they actually are to little ones.

I must say, I cringe when I see a kid swig soda pop or neon colored sports drinks... both of which are really just artificial food dyes, sugar, harmful chemicals and a little water. Nothing but the water is redeemable and you don’t need to drink those to get water, just walk to your kitchen sink and turn on the faucet!

Now, not all juice is created equally. I believe in 100% pure fruit juice (no sugar added). None of that sugary food dye water passing as juice. But even pure juice should be limited in consumption due to higher calories than whole fruits (and whole fruits have fiber) and in its place should be water and whole fruit.

Not convinced? Talk to a dentist. He/she will tell you the damage these sugary beverages do on kids’ teeth. Some as young as preschoolers are getting mouthful of cavities and even ruining their adult teeth in the process of this obsession with sugary drinks.

Rethink your drink choice if you have children, even preschoolers, because you could be doing them long-term harm by not choosing wisely. With summer winding down and school just about to start, it’s a great time to make those changes to create a healthier household for your family.


Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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