Eating healthfully, Exercise and Education -- my learnings about weight loss and life-long health
Friday, December 30, 2011
Stop Giving Kids Juice!
Note: This is a dual post to Bright Weight Loss and Bright Love
Back in the 90's, when I first became "Mama," we all gave our
kids juice. We watered it down, of course. Pepper didn't have
full-strength juice until she got her first juice-box at a party when
she was 3. Kids got their 3 cups of milk and the rest of their
beverages were juice. It was an improvement over Kool-Aid or Soda,
Things have changed. Now we realize that although
juice has lots of vitamins and good stuff, it's also mostly sugar, even
if it has "no added sugar." Kids also need the fiber and chewing action
of real fruit -- so that's the way to go.
Littles consider juice a real treat. We give them juice on the rare
occasions others would give kids soda; birthday parties, holidays, etc.
They get so excited about it! I almost feel guilty. Almost.
It turns out that kids who don't know better don't miss it. Who'd have thought? The Littles drink lots of water. Lots. It's inspirational.
I have one more reason to be the mean-juice-withholding-mama. Turns
out most of our apple juice -- my personal favorite in the 90s -- is
imported from China. Their laws regarding pesticide and safe food
practices are far less stringent than ours. It just seems like a bad idea.
Please stop giving your kids juice. They don't need it. In 3 weeks, they'll stop asking. Just, water, people, please.
I have a successful marriage of 21 years and five wonderful children who amaze and challenge me every day. I am a Special Ed Teacher, a professional Life Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer and an advocate for children. I have an amazing, full-on, wonderful,crazy life. What more can I ask?