This summer, have your kids join the Rethink Your Drink movement and kick the soda habit as a family. With sugar and water as its primary ingredients, soda is nothing but empty calories. It has no nutritional value and can be detrimental to your health, especially when consumed in large quantities. Yet teens today consume more than 750 cans of soda per year – that’s twice as much as the amount of milk they drink – and more than half of the country’s 8-year-olds drink a can of soda every day.
Soda consumption in the U.S. is linked to everything from childhood obesity to tooth decay. That’s why Alameda and Pleasanton Pediatric Dentistry are taking part in the Alameda County Public Health Department’s 6th Annual Soda Free Summer Campaign.
Here are some frightening facts about soda, courtesy of First 5 California, to help motivate you and your kids to kick the can:
- 44 percent of toddlers between 19 and 24 months drink a sugar-loaded beverage daily, as do 70 percent of two- to five-year-olds.
- Every additional daily serving of soda increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60 percent.
- Soda displaces healthier foods from a child’s diet, resulting in poorer quality of diet overall.
- Replacing milk with soda can reduce bone mass and increase the risk for osteoporosis later in life.
- Soda consumption in childhood increases the risk for being overweight in adulthood.
- Soda consumption nearly doubles the risk of dental caries in children.
Make it easier for kids to avoid soda by keeping it out of your fridge. After a game or during a movie, choose cold drinks like water, milk, and unsweetened ice tea to quench their thirst. Remember, added sugars are found in juice, sports drinks, and energy drinks as well.
Here’s an idea – take the Soda Free Summer Pledge! Get online tools to keep track of your goals, and enter to win great prizes!