Researchers: None of the Top Sweetened Drinks For Children Meet Guidelines

Parents may want to hold off on the sweetened juice boxes after the University of Connecticut researchers found that none of the top selling children's drinks meet the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The brands included Capri Sun, Hawaiian Punch, Sunny D, and Minute Maid Lemonade. Sweetened drinks make up 62 percent of the $2.2 billion in children's drink sales in 2018. The study did not include sodas, sports drinks, and ice teas.

One serving of many of the best-selling fruit drinks, including those mentioned in the first paragraph, had more than 50 percent of the recommended amount of added sugar on a daily basis for children. Furthermore, many off then packages are larger than 4 ounces which exceeds the recommended daily amount for children. Experts suggest that children would be better off drinking water or milk, and only offer fruit juices on a limited basis.

In sum, parents really need to check the back of the packages to see how much added sugar is in the fruit drink. With obesity and diabetes at historic highs in the United States, it is really up to the parents to make sure that their children grow up with healthy eating and drinking habits. In the long run, they will live a much healthier life.

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