Monday, March 16, 2015

Most parents believe some sugary drinks are healthy choices for kids

Despite public health messages about the importance of reducing consumption of sugary drinks, many parents believe that some drinks with high amounts of added sugar—especially fruit drinks, sports drinks and flavored water—are healthy options for children, according to a new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, published in Public Health Nutrition.
The study found that 96 percent of parents surveyed gave sugary drinks to their child in the month prior to the survey. Those who had given sugary drinks to their child provided them in an average of three different categories. Fruit drinks and regular soda were provided most often—by 77 percent and 62 percent of parents, respectively—followed by sports drinks, sweetened iced tea and flavored water.
Among parents of children ages 2 to 5, 80 percent provided fruit drinks, such as Capri Sun or Sunny D. Forty percent provided regular soda.
Parents who reported purchasing a given category of sugary drinks were significantly more likely to rate that category as healthy, compared to parents who did not purchase any drinks from that category. Nearly half of the parents surveyed rated flavored water as healthy, and more than a quarter considered fruit drinks and sports drinks to be healthy. African-American and Hispanic parents were more likely than white parents to rate some sugary drinks as healthy.
To learn more, go to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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