How bad are juices and soda for a child?
Real fruit juice is healthy, especially orange juice, but should be consumed in moderate amounts. Juices contain most of the fruit nutrients except for the important fiber. Beverages labeled “juice" must be 100% juice. Read the labels carefully!
“Juice blends,” lemonade, fruit “punches,” “drinks,” and "juice cocktails,” usually contain little juice, the rest being sugar water. Avoid Hi-C, Tang, Hawaiian Punch, GatorAid, Sunny Delight, V-8 Splash, Tropicana Twisters, Fruit soda and "Energy drinks.”
And don't get your child into the soda habit. Soda is a poor choice because it destroys teeth, and its high phosphate content promotes calcium elimination from your body. There are 10 teaspoons of sugar in one can of Coke. A growing body needs calcium for strong bone development. Diet sodas are a special hazard and should not be a part of your child’s normal diet. Many parents mistakenly choose diet soda over regular soda because they believe sugar is a poison.
The important thing to remember about sugar is to consume only a little of it. When sugar becomes a major part of the diet, then it is harmful, as is any nutrient consumed in excess The long term effect of artificial sweeteners has not been adequately studied, in my opinion, and therefore should be avoided by children and teenagers. Let's protect our children from nutritional experimentation!