Carbonated drinks in the diet of children

In recent decades it has increased the consumption of soft drinks in the child population. They are usually very sugary drinks that the little ones like. But ... do you know how they affect your child's health?

1. Childhood obesity: According to different studies, an excessive consumption of soft drinks, added to the lack of physical exercise in children, has the consequence of childhood overweight.

2. Caries: Another negative effect is the formation of cavities, this happens because the bacteria ferment the sugars producing lactic acid, this acid decreases the Ph of the mouth and damages the enamel of the teeth, losing their protection.

3. Sleep problems: Other consequences that an excessive consumption of soft drinks could have, is the alteration of sleep and attention deficit, this is due to the high content of sugars and caffeine that cola soft drinks have.

4. Bones: Bones are also affected due to the presence of phosphorous in some cola drinks, this causes demineralization of the bone, which can lead to osteoporosis in adulthood. At the same time, we must also bear in mind that when children drink more soft drinks, they often reduce their milk consumption.

Soft drinks are mainly composed of water, carbohydrates, such as fructose, sucrose, and glucose. This composition can vary according to the type of soft drinks; In the case of those with lemon or orange flavor, they contain more fructose or glucose, those with cola flavors contain more sucrose.

They also contain sodium, phosphorus and can include flavorings, acidulants, colorants, preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifiers and stabilizers.

And what about light or zero sodas? Are they advisable in childhood? For many years children and pregnant women were prevented from consuming sugar substitutes as it was believed that they affected the development of children and caused cancer, however, there is currently no evidence that they cause alterations, therefore children can consume them with moderation.

Never forget that the best drink for a child is water, this should be the basis of your daily hydration, we can also opt for homemade natural juices, and less frequently choose light or zero soft drinks. It is essential to generate good hydration habits from childhood.

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