June 26, 2019-
Raising healthy eaters can be frustrating at times, but you may need to worry more about what is in their cups than what’s on their plate. According to a study published in 2016 by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, kids are consuming more than the recommended daily limit of 10 percent of calories from added sugars, and soda, sports drinks, and other fruit-flavored beverages are most likely to blame. With over-consumption of soda being linked to an increased risk for tooth decay, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released a joint statement calling for a major overhaul to the public policies and marketing tactics that have made soda so alluring and readily available to kids.
POPSUGAR asked Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, RDN, LD, the dietitian behind @kids.eat.in.color, a popular Instagram account that shows parents how to get their kids excited about healthy foods, to weigh in on these suggested measures and give us a few expert tips that can help your kids develop a healthy relationship with sugar.