Adults 'should discourage children from fizzy drinks'

31 October 2011

Parents should encourage their children to enjoy healthier alternatives to fizzy and sugary drinks, according to one healthcare expert.

Slimming Words, a slimming organisation in the UK that promotes a healthy, balanced way of dieting, suggested that children need to be informed from an early age of the health benefits surrounding non-fizzy soda and the reasons for drinking low-sugar alternatives and water instead.

According to the company, fizzy drinks are not just bad for a healthy diet due to the amount of sugar they contain, but they can also lead to obesity if too much is consumed.

Jenny Allan, nutritionist at the slimming advice organisation, said: " Full sugar fizzy drinks are full of empty calories, meaning they contribute to your overall energy intake but do nothing to satisfy your appetite."

She added that children and adults who consume lots of fizzy drinks in addition to their normal daily eating can gain weight over time without realising the full extent of their calorie intake.

According to health advice, the body needs water to keep it fully hydrated and this can not be achieved through sugary drinks, which do not replenish it sufficiently.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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