Kids who drink water over sugary alternatives consume fewer calories: survey

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April 22, 2019 - 2:10 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It looks like drinking water does more than keep children hydrated.

A new study by the CDC says one out of every five kids who don't drink water at all, consume an extra 93 calories a day from sugary beverages like sports drinks, juice, and soda.

Researchers believe it might be because children who drink water have parents who limit the sugary drinks in their diet and otherwise promote healthy living.

"I talk with my patients and their families all the time about the health harms of sugary drinks and the advantage of drinking primarily water and milk," Dr. Natalie Muth said.

The American Heart Association says kids shouldn't have more than one 8 oz sugary drink a week. Still, almost two-thirds of American kids are drinking at least one a day.

"Sugary drinks are a mainstay in many children's diets. They are inexpensive, easy to find, heavily marketed and taste sweet, so children like them," Muth said.

Muth suggests offering water as the primary beverage choice starting at 6 months, and adding mint, fruit, or a squirt of lemon or lime to make it more fun.

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