Soda Free August
Even though August is half way done, it’s not too late to take the #SodaFreeAugust pledge!
Some interesting facts about soda
- Soft drink consumption has more than doubled since the 1970’s. The average teenage boy drinks 2 12-ounce sodas a day, and girls drink 1.4 12-ounce sodas a day…that’s 700 cans and 500 cans a year respectively!
- One bottle of soda (20 oz) has about 18 teaspoons of sugar
- Drinking soda, juice and sport drinks frequently poses a risk for cavities due to their high sugar content and acidity.
- When kids drink more sugary drinks, they tend to drink less milk.
Ideally, your child should drink milk 2 times a day with a meal, water in between meals, and juice, soda and sports drinks as a special treat. Here are some tips to make it easier to accomplish
- Provide milk at meal times
- Skip the sugary drinks when shopping
- Make water more interesting with infusions- lemon, mint, berries, cucumbers
- Lead by example- sugary beverages are not good for anyone!
Learn more at Nemours Health and Prevention Services