The Not-So-Skinny on Sugar Substitutes
Not sure if that drink in your hand is a sugar-sweetened beverage? Sugar goes by many names. If your drink contains any of the following ingredients, it is a sugar-sweetened beverage and should be limited:
- Agave nectar
- Corn sweeteners
- Corn syrup
- Evaporated cane juice molasses
- Fruit juice concentrates
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Refined sugars
Information adapted from: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/drinks.html
Check Out Potter’s Tips for Healthy Kids!
When summer temperatures rise, choose water! Nothing quenches your thirst like a glass of cold water.
To make water more appealing to both children and adults, add fresh fruits like lemons, oranges and even cucumbers for a hint of flavor.
Most people don’t know that even 100 percent fruit juices are chock-full of sugar. Make sure you limit your child’s juice intake to only 4-6 ounces a day – that’s less than one box! Try adding water to juice to cut out even more sugar.
Milk is an important part of a child’s diet. Serve 1 percent, low-fat or skim milk with meals to help build strong bones.
Don’t put soda or juice in your child’s bottle or sippy cup – sugary beverages can cause tooth decay!