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Drinks Your Kids Should Avoid

sam and dad photo by chris allen
sam and dad photo by chris allen

I brought Sam to his yearly check up and as we always do, the doctor and I talked about some things that are good for Sam now that he is growing and some things that I should now limit.

I found out Milk is good for you, but in moderation. Water is always the best and first choice. Sam likes to drink a lot of liquids like I do, so if you want to monitor your kids better, or you for that matter, here’s some bad choices.

Hi-C. These little cartons may deliver all the vitamin C your kid needs in a day, but Hi-C is only 10 percent juice. A single 6.75-ounce serving contains 90 calories and 25 grams of sugar. That’s more sugar per ounce than in a regular Coke.

Hawaiian Punch. Eight ounces has 70 calories and 17 grams of sugar. With just 5 percent juice, this drink also includes preservatives and artificial flavors and colorings such as “red 40″ in its ingredient list.

SunnyD. It might taste like orange juice, but SunnyD Tangy Original is just 5 percent juice. Along with 80 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C, your kid will also get 11 grams of sugar in a 6.75-ounce bottle.

Capri Sun. One 6-ounce pouch packs 60 calories and 16 grams of sugar.

Dannon Danimals. These 3.1-ounce yogurt smoothies may look healthy, but they only have 10 percent of the recommended daily calcium based on a 2,000 calorie diet-slightly more for a kid’s 1,600 calorie diet-plus 70 calories and 14 grams of sugar.

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