Parents often get concerned about healthy food options for their children. Despite being so cautious about what their kids eat, they put their best efforts to waste by letting their kids have drinks that are not healthy for consumption. Some of these can even lead to health hazards. Here are some drinks that you should remove from your child’s diet:
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Sodas and carbonated drinks are an obvious option, but we do not seem to skip them when going to movie halls or to celebrations. Constant consumption of soda and carbonated drinks lead to obesity, diabetes and aggressive behaviour in kids. It’s important for parents to realise that soda and carbonated drinks are empty calories and have no nutrition to offer. In fact they can be really bad for their dental health and overall immunity.
Even though sports drinks have electrolytes (and calories), many experts believe that liquids like lemonade do the trick much better. Packaged drinks contain unknown substances that may harm your child in the long run.
Canned juices are usually loaded with sugar. Studies have shown that canned juices do not have the nutritive value of a fresh fruit. These canned juices fill their stomach with sugar. Hence, the child’s appetite goes for a toss.
Even though our ancestors have grown up drinking raw milk, giving it to your child is not the healthiest option. Experts believe that as a child’s immunity is not as developed as an adult, they are prone to food-borne illnesses. Since, raw milk is not pasteurized, giving it to your child should be off the list.
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, proteins should make up 15 to 20 per cent of your child’s daily calories. Feeding them extra protein with certain milk supplements may harm them as many paediatrics believe that these supplements are full of sugar. Protein milk supplements may come in enticing flavours to attract your child, but they are not the best option for your child.
Since children bound to get bored with a tall glass of milk, some healthy alternatives to the above mentioned drinks can be : Nimbu paani, buttermilk, aam panna, jaljeera, mango lassi, aamras, fresh strawberry milkshake and coconut water.
Foods you should not eat on an empty stomach
Rolling out of bed with rumbling stomach makes us gobble up just anything that comes first in our sight. It may seem like a regular trick to satiate our morning hunger, but some of these foods when eaten on empty stomach could actually be harming our body.
Eating yogurt or fermented milk products on an empty stomach forms hydrochloric acid. This kills the lactic acid bacteria present in these milk products and leads to acidity. Hence, eating these products should be avoided on an empty stomach.
Best known as a super-food, banana satiates hunger and is good for digestion. Bananas contain high amounts of magnesium and potassium and when eaten empty stomach, can imbalance magnesium and potassium levels in our blood.
Though tomatoes are enriched with Vitamin C and nutrients but should definitely be avoided on an empty stomach. The tannic acid present in tomatoes increases acidity in the stomach and may lead to gastric problems.
Pears contain crude fibre. When we eat it on an empty stomach, it may harm the delicate mucous membranes.
source”times of india”