Forget the juice boxes filled with sugar water; here’s what scientists think your young children should be drinking.
It is amazing we survived childhood, when I look at the current recommendations scientists suggest for feeding our young children. For years, Cheerios were given to children to munch on and keep them occupied until recently when we began to find out that the highly processed food contained Glyphosate which is an active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup according to CBS news. Processed foods are known to be high in calories while being low in nutritional value.
Now, according to the NY Times, scientists are also questioning some of the regular dietary habits we may have been raised with such as juice boxes filled with sugary drinks. Is it possible that many of us are now diabetic and overweight because of our habits of drinking sugary drinks when we were young? The sugary drink industry is going to lose a lot of business now that we are hearing that very young children are best fed with either breast milk or formula and children from 1-5 years of age should avoid sugary juice boxes and drink either water or cows milk.
The recommendations to limit juice is not new, but apparently, the juice industry is trying to put its own spin on this to make sure people still buy their products.
You can read about the new recommendations in the article below that was in the NY Times. Check it out
What Should Young Children Drink? Mostly Milk and Water, Scientists Say
Infants and toddlers should not be given soda, chocolate milk or other sweetened drinks, according to strict new guidelines.
By Roni Caryn Rabin Sept. 18, 2019
A panel of scientists issued new nutritional guidelines for children on Wednesday, describing in detail what they should be allowed to drink in the first years of life. The recommendations, among the most comprehensive and restrictive to date, may startle some parents.
Babies should receive only breast milk or formula, the panel said. Water may be added to the diet at 6 months; infants receiving formula may be switched to cow’s milk at 12 months. For the first five years, children should drink mostly milk and water, according to the guidelines.
Children aged 5 and under should not be given any drink with sugar or other sweeteners, including low-calorie or artificially sweetened beverages, chocolate milk or other flavored milk, caffeinated drinks and toddler formulas.