Wellness - General Health | 3-18 yrs

Why Should Children Avoid Soft Drinks?


What better way to beat the heat than grab a soft drink? Not only are they tempting, but also give a quick energy boost. But, do you know that regular consumption of soft drinks is a major cause of childhood obesity?

Soft drinks have zero nutritional value. Some popular soft drinks have over 40 grams of sugar per serving! They also have artificial colours and some contain caffeine which makes them addictive.

Drinking soft drinks has many adverse health effects on your child. It weakens the bones, leads to tooth decay and increases the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease later in life. Moreover, the caffeine in colas and energy drinks may induce headaches, disturb the digestion and is even associated with depression.

Another problem with soft drinks is that they can make your child hyperactive. According to an article titled The Effect of Soft Drinks on Children published in www.livestrong.com, “Processed sugars found in soft drinks enter the bloodstream very quickly. In some cases, this sugar consumption can increase adrenaline in the body, which makes your child feel hyper or have increased energy.”

As per a report in The Economic Times, Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan stopped endorsing Pepsi after he was asked by a little girl why he promoted soft drinks that her teacher had branded as poison!

Finally, teach your child how to make healthier choices - a glass of chilled milk, coconut water or 100% fruit juice.

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The Effect Of Soft Drinks On Children

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Role Of Soft Drinks In Childhood Obesity

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Soft Drinks And Tooth Decay

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