Children are active and, like the rest of us, they need to quench their thirst. They also need good nutrition so that their organs will continue to grow. While it is easy to reach for soda and other sugary drinks, it is more nutritious options
Milk provides calcium, protein and vitamin D to help build bone and providing energy. An 8-oz. glass of low fat milk has 100 calories, 300 mg of calcium and 11 g sugar. Toddlers should have 500 g of calcium daily. Children ages 4-8 should have 800 mg and children between 9 to 18 should have 1,300 mg daily.
Parents who are vegans or if children are lactose intolerant often uses soy milk as an alternative. Soy milk provides calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A and protein. It also eases constipation, lowers high cholesterol and may also reduce the risk of breast cancer later in life, according to Soy Foods Association of North America. Association says soy milk has almost 50 fewer calories than whole milk.
Orange, apple, grapes and other fruit juices provide vitamin C and other vitamins found in fruit from which they are derived. However, they do not provide fiber to the whole fruit, and there is some concern about children consume too much sugar, and thus contribute to obesity and tooth decay.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies up to six months old should not have fruit juice, other than to relieve constipation. Babies from six months to one year, can have up to 4 oz. daily, served in a cup instead of a bottle to prevent tooth decay of sugar. Children from 1 to 6 years old, can have up to 6 oz. daily and those older than 7 years old, can have up to 12 oz. per day.
Many brands of bottled water now offer varieties that are enhanced with vitamins and fiber. Some nutritionists warn against them because they contain high fructose corn syrup, a form of sugar. But at least one chain Energy Multi-Vitamin Enhanced Water Co., has a version for children that allegedly contains no artificial colors, flavors or added stimulants, such as caffeine. The company says each 20-oz. The bottle provides 125 percent of the US recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and 40 percent of vitamin A, E, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12. Ten flavors are available.
While regular water contains no vitamins, water from the city water supply is often fluoridated to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay. There are also filling so that children and others are perhaps not as tempted to snack on junk food. Water is essential for good hydration and general good health.
Commercially prepared Nutritional Drink
Several companies offer drinks made to supply protein, vitamins and other nutrients children may be missing from their diets. They can be used by children who have no other access to food, with picky eaters, with active children, and of those that must be fed by naso-gastric tube. These are similar to milk shakes and comes in different flavors, including chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. An 8-oz. can has about 237 calories.