Sugary Beverages Are Sending Parents Mixed Messages

Parents Think Fruit Drinks & Sports Drinks Are Healthy…

You may think by giving your child sports drink such as Gatorade that it’s more of a healthy choice for your child.. but do know how much sugar your child is consuming when drinking this beverage. A survey of 982 parents with one child aged 2-17 years showed that misconceptions about the healthfulness of some beverages, especially fruit drinks, were problematic. Of parents surveyed ,nearly one half rated flavored waters as healthy and more than a quarter of parents considered fruit drinks and sports drinks to be healthy, according to the study.

Although most parents know that soda is not good for children, many still believe that other sugary drinks are healthy options. The labeling and marketing for those products imply that they are nutritious, and these misperceptions may explain why so many parents buy them.

Sports Drinks May Lead to Tooth Decay

Please remember that foods and drinks that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay, which happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth. You should choose food and beverages that are low in sugar. Tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic childhood disease in the UT despite significant improvements.

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