Water is the short answer, I know. But my three teenagers hurl accusations of child abuse when I suggest a “water only” policy at home.
So we drink lots of juice. I don’t buy soda, although the kids do with their own money. Last week one of my sons started comparing the sugar content in soda with some of the juice in our fridge. Call me stunned. OK, I’ve been watering down juice (I aim to dilute by half) for years (which the kids also hate) because it’s too sweet. Still, I had no idea that they were drinking 8 teaspoons of sugar or more in a cup of juice if they got to the bottle before I watered it down.
FYI – sugar on most nutrition labels is measured in grams. Four grams are roughly equal to one teaspoon. There are some good visuals here:
Several studies posted online by the New England Journal of Medicine last week compared sugary and non-caloric beverages. The sugar free or diet stuff is out for me, too many chemicals. And, as I said, water is a tough sell.
So what am I supposed to buy?
A colleague suggests lots of seltzer and persuading my kids to mix a spritzer – that’s worth a try. Any other suggestions?