Published: December 1, 2015

    Benefits of Reducing Your Child’s Soda Intake

    We’ve heard the cautionary tales: Soda corrodes stomach lining, soda removes enamel from teeth, soda’s caffeine content is habit-forming. But for all the PSAs and widely known health problems associated with soda consumption, the average amount of money per household spent on sugary drinks every year is on the rise, according to NY Daily News. Where is the disconnect? Many families today allow their children to drink two to three sodas per day. Along with their known drawbacks, sodas also often replace the most vital drink children should be consuming: water.

    Breaking children of the soda reliance and instilling habits of drinking water may seem daunting, but there are several perks of slowly weaning children off of soda and onto water. As we detailed previously in our blog concerning soda habits, children that are accustomed to consuming large amounts of soda per day are conditioned to wanting a significant sugary taste in their drinks. This need for this constant taste in beverages comes at a great cost for their health, however, at approximately 200 calories per soda. And there are no essential vitamins or minerals to be found.

    Replacing soda with filtered water that has added flavoring significantly reduces calorie and sugar intake without sacrificing taste. The Pelican Water Infuser bottle allows children to add a splash of mint, lemon, strawberry, or other flavors to their filtered water. Allowing children to gradually transition from soda to water in this method enables them to reduce their daily caloric count.

    As children become more accustomed to drinking water as opposed to soda they’ll experience several boosts in their overall health. Three-fourths of Americans are chronically dehydrated, which causes a persistent lack of energy and focus, CBS reports. When your children are regularly drinking enough water, they’ll experience less fatigue and irritation throughout the day.

    Ample water consumption also improves neurological functions and health. The Institute of Medicine recommends a minimum of 10 glasses of water per day for optimal gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and respiratory health. Water is essential for building strong bones and connective tissue in joints. Comparatively, soda erodes teeth and other vital bone tissue, which has been linked to the rising prevalence of osteoporosis, according to Healthy Child Enterprises.

    Each child should drink at least one glass of water with every meal for optimal digestion. Milk and orange juice are great supplemental drinks, especially for breakfast. Soda should not be a readily available alternative for water at the dinner table.

    As you reinforce the benefits of regularly drinking water with your children and instill proper hydration habits you’ll also notice an improvement in attitude. The psychological effects of dehydration are well documented, ranging from anxiety, irritability, and malaise. Dehydration from inadequate water consumption is compounded for many children with the negative effects of caffeine and sugar from the sodas they consume instead. Caffeine is addictive, fueling highs and lows in mood that can worsen symptoms of dehydration.

    Installing an under-counter filter to provide your children with purer drinking water at every meal is a great step toward reducing their soda intake. Gradually limit the drink choices in your home, and minimize the presence of any drinks that aren’t water. Filtered water provides countless benefits and ensures your child is happier and healthier.