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10 Drinks Your Kids Should Not Be Drinking


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Shut Down the Soft Drinks
Gulping down soft drinks can start your kid on the habit of opting against more healthful drink choices.
Gulping down soft drinks can start your kid on the habit of opting against more healthful drink choices.
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It's sweet, slightly addictive and the bane of dentists everywhere. Still, the average kid drinks a couple of sodas every day, reports the Center for the Science in the Public Interest, making all that sugar a chief culprit behind obesity, diabetes and other health problems. Plus, letting your toddler or preschooler sip on soda can have lifelong consequences. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that girls who drank soda continued the habit as adults, opting for sodas over nutrient-rich drinks, such as milk. But don't assume diet soft drinks offer a loophole: A Purdue University study found drinking artificially sweetened sodas may cause weight gain, too.


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