Wean Kids Off Of Sugary Drinks

September 24, 2019

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 In a major shift, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry now recommends all children under the age of 5 should mostly drink milk and water and not fruit juices and other sugary drinks. The stricter guidelines suggest that toddlers ages 1 to 3 years old consume only half a cup (4 ounces) of juice per day. That goes up slightly to 4-6 ounces for four and five-year-olds. But as you know, quitting sugar can be tough, especially for kids but you can dial back their juice consumption with a few steps. A classic trick is to water down their juice.  Mix a half cup of water into that half cup of 100% juice or start with just a little water and add more each time to make the flavor change less noticeable. Switch to a water refill rule. Once you child has finished their drink, only allow water as a refill. Make juice and lemonade and chocolate milk special again by saving it exclusively for birthday parties, holidays and restaurants. Or maybe choose one night a week where they can consume the less-healthy alternative (such as Friday pizza night).

SOURCE: Offspring

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