Yale University’s Rudd Centre For Food Policy & Obesity has found that many popular beverages for the kids in the market are having very high level of sugar. It has warned the parents not to be under a false notion of considering these healthy as an alternative to soft drinks.
These popular brands of beverages increase the risk of diabetes and obesity in the children up to the extent that even one 8 ounce bottle or pouch consumed daily, increase the chances of the child’s becoming obese by 60%.
According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, a 4 to 8 year old kid should not consume more than 15 to 18 grams of sugar per day.
The researchers analyzed the popular brands of these beverages in the market and concluded that following brands were the culprits, listed in the increasing order of the sugar levels:
- Powerdale Play, projected as sports drink, 10 ounce bottle contains 15 grams of sugar, the day’s requirement of sugar.
- Capri Sun, a 6 ounce pouch contains 16 grams of sugar which gives 107% more sugar than required for the day.
- Sunny D, an 8 ounce pouch contains 20 grams of sugar which gives 130% more sugar than required for the day.
- Kool-Aid, a 6.8 ounce pouch contains...
24 grams of sugar which gives 160% more sugar than required for the day.
- Minute Maid, a 6.7 ounce pouch contains 25 grams of sugar which gives 175% more sugar than required for the day.
- Arizona Kids, a 10 ounce bottle contains 27 grams of sugar which gives 180% more sugar than required for the day.
- Hawaiian Punch, an 8 ounce serving contains 27 grams of sugar giving 193% more sugar than required for the day.
Kids like to consume these drinks and more often as a substitute to their regular meals. It is parent’s responsibility to keep an eye on the type of food children are consuming and advise them accordingly.