Not convinced? Here’s the math.A recent statement by the American Heart Association encourages kids to consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar daily, while more lenient sources say no more than 8 teaspoons of added sugar each day. Here’s the truth about sugary drinks:
- One serving size (8 oz.) of Kool-Aid (made with dry mix) contains 4 tsp. of sugar.
- An 8.4 oz. can of Red Bull contains around 6 tsp. of sugar.
- One 8 oz. bottle of Coke contains 6.5 tsp. of sugar.
- One 8 oz. bottle of Mott’s apple juice contains 7 tsp. of sugar.
Surprised by the amount of sugar in apple juice?Commonly considered a healthy drink, fruit juice is regularly given to children. But just one bottle of it nearly takes up all of their recommended sugar for the day! For younger kids, diluting a small amount of juice with significantly more water is better than serving them them a full cup of pure juice. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the healthiest way for your children to meet their fruit quota for the day is to the eat the actual fruit, not drink the sugary bottled juice. The AAP makes several recommendations about fruit juice:
- Don’t serve fruit juice to babies under the age of six months.
- Children under six should have no more than 6 oz. of fruit juice a day.
- Children age seven or older should have no more than 12 oz. of fruit juice a day.