Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption has increased dramatically since the 1970s; high intake among children is associated with overweight and obesity, displacement of milk consumption, and dental cavities.  It is recommended that children 1-6 years old consume no more than 4-6 ounces of 100% juice per day and youth 7-18 years old consume no more than 8-12 ounces.  Whole milk is the single largest source of saturated fat in children's diets.  Switching to low or non-fat milk products (once a child reaches 2 years old) significantly reduces dietary saturated and total fat, as well as total calories.

No sugary drinks.  Instead, drink more water and non-fat or 1% milk. 

Healthy Tips:

  • Encourage your family to love water.  Serve it.  Choose it.  If it's there, people will drink it.  And remember, water has zero calories.
  • Juice products, labeled "-ade," "drink," or "punch,"  often contain mostly corn syrup sweetener and less than 5% real juice.
  • For kids 2 years and older, encourage non-fat or low-fat milk rather than whole milk.