Monday, November 1, 2010

Elementary School Soda

Can you name a low calorie beverage that is not loaded with artificial sweetener? The only thing I can think of is iced tea and maybe flavored water. That's the problem I always run in to. There aren't very many low calorie drinks that don't contain artificial sweetener that actually taste good. Please share if you know of some beverages that fit into this category. I end up giving the kids watered down juice if they are sick of milk and water.

FROM NBC: Despite guidelines from the Institute of Medicine recommending against high-calorie beverages in elementary schools, it's still easy for kids to buy them. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a survey of elementary schools across the country, looking at the types of beverages for sale.

They found 44 percent of young children had access to high-calorie, sugar-sweetened drinks at school like soda and fruit drinks. They could buy them in the cafeteria or in vending machines.
In addition, 90 percent could buy flavored milk. However, they found the number of students who only had access to low-fat milk, and low-calorie drinks, had increased over the years.

Experts say they're encouraged by the progress that has been made, but say more still needs to be done.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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