BEST & WORST
DRINKS FOR THIRSTY KIDS
You can't go wrong with plain water. It hydrates, helps regulate body temperature, and helps prevent constipation and urinary tract infections all without adding calories or sugar to the diet. And it can be a good source of fluoride,
which is important for healthy teeth.
Cow's milk is an excellent source of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and other nutrients. Offer your child 2 to 3 cups of milk a day starting at age 1. (Kids who drink more than 3 cups a day may not have room for other foods they need.)
Whole milk is best for 1-year-olds; low-fat is fine for age 2 and older.
RECOMMENDED 2-3 cups(16-24oz)/day
Juice is an acceptable way to get one serving of fruit or veggies each day. But it lacks fiber and is less nutritious than whole fruit. Plus, kids may fill up on juice instead of healthier foods. Choose 100 percent juice and limit it to V* cup
(6 ounces) per day. (Children 7 and older can have a bit more, but it's best to keep juice to a minimum at any age.) Limit: 3/4 cup (6oz)/day.
Soda has no nutritional value. Most brands contain artificial color or flavor, as well as sugar or artificial sweeteners. A better alternative is to make your own "juice soda" with sparkling water and 100 percent fruit juice.
TRY THIS INSTEAD:
Sports & energy drinks
These have no nutritional value. They contain empty calories from added sugar and may contain artificial color or flavor. Some are made with herbs that may not be safe for children. Sports drinks have extra sodium, and energy drinks
tend to have large amounts of caffeine.