Sugary drinks can be pop (yes, I call it pop), sports drinks, juices (even 100% juice), and trendy coffee drinks. It is amazing how much sugar and calories you can consume from just one of these beverages. I personally would rather eat my calories then drink them. When consuming these types of sugary beverages it is very easy drink more calories than your body needs, because liquids don’t send a signal to your brain quickly to let it know that your stomach is getting full.
The other day, I overheard a conversation in a store that was surprising to hear. A little girl asked her mother if she, “could have a water?” The mother responded, “You already have a pop.” I wondered if this kind of conversation was happening all over the US? I understand that both of these are beverage options, but the problem is that sugary drinks are contributing to the child obesity epidemic. Current, statistics from the CDC already show that almost one out every three children is at risk of being overweight.
How did so many parents get out of the habit of offering water as the main beverage to their children? Each 12 oz can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in it. One study conducted on children and adolescents between the ages of 2 to 19 showed that replacing just one sugary drink with water reduced daily calorie intake in all ages.
The best way to kick this addiction is to start drinking more water and stop buying those sugary drinks!