Soda a complete 'no-no' for kids?

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Soda a complete 'no-no' for kids?

Do you consider soft drinks should be completely off limits for kids? (This is not about those that drink soda in large quantities.)

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No, of course not. I limit it more strictly than most people I know, actually, but I still let them have it, especially when we're on vacation. If not, then just every once in a while .

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We do not allow Dark soda such as coke or Pepsi. Drinks such as Sprite or Ginger Ale are for special events such as birthday parties or New Years. On a day to day basis my children mostly only drink water.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

We do not allow Dark soda such as coke or Pepsi. Drinks such as Sprite or Ginger Ale are for special events such as birthday parties or New Years. On a day to day basis my children mostly only drink water.

Can I ask what the difference is between dark & light soda?

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

Can I ask what the difference is between dark & light soda?

Caffeine. Also, the dark can stain your teeth.

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I agree with Laurie, we allow it but limit it.

We almost never buy it and keep it in house. There are these fancy Root Beers and Ginger Beers that DH likes to buy every once in a blue moon but thats about it.

So soda is an outside the house treat....if we go to a restaurant or there is a picnic with a cooler of soda cans then thats fine.

We have soda so little that I am not overly concerned about the caffeine or anything. Honestly the thing that concerns me most about soda is the totally non nutritional TONS of sugar in it, which is pretty much true about any soda, unless its diet which we don't drink. I'm not particularly fond of fake sugar substitutes.

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I'm the same as Kim. They have it so little that the caffeine is not an issue. It's the sugar (because I also don't like fake sugar things) and the chemicals. But like Kim (no surprise) we don't keep it in the house. I don't actually drink it at all, I have maybe two Cokes a year. (And it has to be Coke.)

We have it on a special occasion or a vacation or if we're out with, say, another family and the kids are having it.

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We do have soda in the house but they barely touch it. DH and I drink it here and there. DD2 likes it a bit more than DD1 and takes sips of ours when we have it. We have had root beer floats and ginger ale when they have upset stomachs.

I'm not a fan of banning anything (fake sugar is one though!), I just try to teach them better choices and model good habits when I can.

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We also dont keep it in the house, but we do drink it on occasion. My 4 year old doesnt like it at all, but all the girls will have a sprite or root beer if we go to a local pizza place. I LOVE pepsi, I would drink it all the time if I could. I havent had one in a couple of years because I cant seem to drink it in moderation so I just skip it.

My 7 year old had a cherry 7 up today, she thought it was very "fancy" to drink a pink colored drink

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My kids are 7 & 5 and have never had pop. This is actually an issue as my dad has a dream of drinking root beer floats with them as we go to North America this summer and I doubt the kids will like it. I'll let him try though! Root beer isn't available here so even if they love it they won't be able to have it for a few years.

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Root beer floats are lovely. I always loved Coke floats too.

In general I try not to completely ban things, or if there are things I'm 100% against, I make sure there's someone else in the kids' lives to indulge them. I am anti-McDonalds in every way, but occasionally someone else takes the kids there. I don't buy them crappy processed snacks but their sitter takes them for treats sometimes. That way they get the idea that it's not good for you but then it's not this forbidden treasure that they dream of.

I hate hate hate hate chewing gum, so the rule is that they can't ever have it around me.

It's sort of funny. They love when I bake things or take them out for ice cream or good desserts & treats somewhere, but they know that for processed crap they have to rely on other people (sometimes their Dad, depending). They seem to get the message pretty clearly.

Soda is something I gave up years ago and noticed immediate changes when I did, all for the better. So it's not a regular thing for them at all, but when they have it, they enjoy it. And rarely finish it.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Caffeine. Also, the dark can stain your teeth.

I'll give you the teeth staining, but that's not a good rule of thumb for caffeine. Root beer doesn't typically have caffeine but cream soda does.

I do think soda (and juice, it's just as bad!) should be a complete no-no for young children. Their little growing bodies simply do not need that much sugar. We didn't allow them at all until our kids were about four. After that, sodas and juice are a special treat, not an everyday beverage. We normally ask for lowfat milk when a beverage is included in dinner at a restaurant, and stick with water if it's not. If they have a soda at a birthday party, or want juice with dinner at a restaurant, I don't freak out about it, but I don't encourage it or have them around (much) at home. At our ped's office there are baggies hanging on the wall that show the amount of sugar in different name brand beverages (and how much fat in certain name brand fast foods!) and we've talked about how bad these things are, and how it's OK to have them occasionally as a treat but not to have them every day, and we talk about how some things aren't as bad as others so they can make a better decision on their own.

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I don't understand why you would choose a sugar-enhanced milk over juice or pop? If it was the sugar that was the problem you would choose regular milk. What's the difference between "low-fat" milk and juice?

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"blather" wrote:

I don't understand why you would choose a sugar-enhanced milk over juice or pop? If it was the sugar that was the problem you would choose regular milk. What's the difference between "low-fat" milk and juice?

Based on the nutritional info I've seen, skim and whole milk have the same protein and sugar content. I'm assuming she is talking about regular milk and not the flavoured crap.

I know most of the time, low fat items have more sugar but milk is not one of them

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Milk aside, I think it's about moderation. My kids normally drink milk and water, and sometimes get treats like soda, juice, or lemonade, hot chocolate, smoothies, milkshakes, whatever. That's the exception and not the norm, and they're healthy and active, so I don't worry about it.

Soda to me is the worst of it, so they get that the least.

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"blather" wrote:

Low fat milk has a tonne of added sugar.
Lowfat Milk May Not Be As Healthy As We Thought, Says Harvard Expert - Forbes

I've searched and searched and searched, and I have found nothing that indicates that the sugar is added sugar. The article that you posted does not indicate that either.

That would be a huge conspiracy and it would be written out very explicitly by the media if it was actually added sugar.

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"blather" wrote:

Low fat milk has a tonne of added sugar.
Lowfat Milk May Not Be As Healthy As We Thought, Says Harvard Expert - Forbes

2% milk has 12 g sugar, so does whole milk and skim. The banana I had at breakfast also had 12 g of sugar. I don't think there is anyone who will argue it is less healthy than a single Reese peanut butter cup (7g) which is his comparison.

I've always gone with the theory that unless you are sensitive to sugar like a diabetic, sugar from things like fruit and milk is fine because they come with other nutrients.

His diet and recommendations are for obese kids who have or are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

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I did some research too. It's sugar, but not added sugar. It's lactose, actually, and comes straight from the cow.

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We do not do low fat milks.