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.
- 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.