Why Reduce Sweetened Drinks? 7 years ago

Why Reduce Sweetened Drinks?

Why Reduce Sweetened Drinks?

There are many health risks associated with over consumption of sweetened drinks, including excess energy consumption leading to overweight and/or obesity, and tooth decay. Soft drinks, such as cola, and cordials contain no nutrients but are high in energy. Fruit juice, while it does contain some nutrients, contains less nutrients than the whole fruit that was juiced to make it and is also high in energy.

Note the amount of fruit that needs to be put through a juicer to create the juice. A small glass of apple juice needs the juice from three medium sized apples. It
is much better to encourage a child to eat the fruit rather then drink the juice. A child will benefit from the fibre and nutrients in the flesh of the fruit and feel much fuller for longer.

To address this, the Healthy Kids School Canteen Association have changed the classification of all 99% fruit juices in the Healthy Kids Products School Canteen Buyers’ Guide from ‘Green’ to ‘Amber’. This is consistent with the message that 99% fruit juice should be selected carefully and limited in serving size.

In addition to obesity, regular consumption of sweetened drinks is linked to tooth decay. Dental plaque is a clingy film made up of food particles, bacteria and mucous. The bacteria in plaque depends on sugars to produce acids which break down the enamel and start tooth decay. Children who consume sugar-sweetened drinks regularly are increasing their chance of developing tooth decay.


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