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What do I give my child to drink ?

Children and drinking water. Noticed, children receive a lot of sugar and calories in drinking of sugary drinks. Recent research shows that Dutch people from all Europeans drink the most sugary drinks. These sugary beverages increase the risk of overweight and type 2 diabetes. Did you know that drinking a can of soda daily increases the risk of diabetes type 2 by more than 20%? Best shocking and high time so to do something about it. But what can you give your child or drink and how do you handle it? This is about my blog today. Actually I should drink more water.


Stop drinking soad - Stop sugar. A glass of soda contains about 5 sugar cubes. If you think that the WHO advice for children between 7 and 10 years is up to 6 sugar bubbles per day, children soon get too much sugar. Beside that glass of soda, children also get a lot of sugar through bread, sweets, cookies, snacks and the like. In my practice, I often ask children whether they have ever drank a glass of tea with 5 sugar lumps and whether they would like it. "Bah are too sweet" they call. When I say that in that nice glass of coke there are also 5 sugar beans, they often scare.

Fruit juice

That a glass of coke is not healthy, that's what most people know, but did you know that in a glass of fruit juice is just as much sugar as in a glass of soda? These are, of course, sugars that are naturally in the fruit, but these sugars are absorbed in your body in the same way as regular sugar. Of course, a glass of fruit juice also contains vitamins, minerals and fibers, but much less than the fruit it's made and, moreover, saturates it much less than when you would eat the fruit. Just imagine how many oranges are in your orange juice. If you were to eat all those oranges, you might be as well full of orange juice, but you would not notice that little orange juice. Therefore, I always recommend eating fruit as much as possible, and especially drinking water and tea.

Light soda

In light soda, there is no sugar, but the acid in (light) soda touches your teeth. Additionally, these light soft drinks make you feel very welcome. Therefore, I also think Light soda is not a healthy alternative. If you would like to know more about Light Products, please read this blog.

Then what?

I always advise my customers to drink water and tea as much as possible. Water and tea are perfect dry-cleaners, do not contain calories and it's also cheap. In addition, milk products are an important part of a healthy diet. However, do not choose milk products with a taste, as they also contain a lot of sugar and do not belong in a healthy diet.

How do you handle that?

Is water healthy? Sometimes I get to hear from my customers that their children do not want water. One of the reasons for this may be that children are so used to sweet drinks that they are less likely to find the relatively neutral taste of water. Children soon call: "I do not like that" if they know that something else is available that they find nicer. Therefore, it is also important to teach children at a young age to drink water. Did you know that research from the JOGG has shown that children between 0 and 4 years already drink more sweet drinks than water?

But even if your child wants water, it is often difficult to practice drinking water and tea in practice. How do you get it now? Below are some tips from me that can help you with this.

    Drink water specially. Pour the water into a beautiful cup, put in a nice straw and put a nice piece of fruit on the side of the cup. The cup of water looks very attractive at once.
    Have your child choose a taste of tea in the supermarket. Your child will be more likely to drink tea if he has chosen the taste himself.
    Pump up the water by adding all kinds of fruit and herbs. For example, you can think of strawberry, raspberry, lemon, watermelon, pineapple, mango, mint or cucumber. This gives the water a nice taste and looks very nice too. Nowadays there are also very nice bottles for sale, with space in the middle to add fruit or herbs, for example. Put the water bottle in the fridge in the evening and the next day you have delicious water with a taste.
    What's also fun is to make ice-creams together with fruit or herbs. Make a little fruit or spices in each bowl of the ice-cream holder. Gently pour some water over it and put it in the freezer. This way you suddenly have nice ice cubes and see that boring glass of water is a lot more fun.
    Make arrangements with older children about drinking and talk together when and how often your child may drink soda and why.
    Make sure you give the best example by drinking water and tea.
    Get children to slowly get used to a less sweet taste by making diced and lemonade a little less sweet.
    Finally. Keep up, give it time and be creative.

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