Water Does Wonders
While many kids know the importance of eating lots of fruits and veggies, water is often overlooked as an important component of healthy eating. Water makes up more than half of a child’s weight, and is essential for maintaining healthy bodily function. Water allows the body to cool off by sweating, carry nutrients, digest food and sustain muscle function. Water is the natural, free, convenient and healthy choice, which is why we are encouraging kids to stay hydrated!
Sugar-sweetened beverages like juice and pop are a major concern for kid’s health, as they replace more nutritious choices. Did you know that a single 355 mL can of pop contains up to 10 teaspoons of sugar? That adds a whole lot of extra calories and sugar to children’s diets! There is a proven relationship between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain in children. Children’s dietary preferences are established between the ages of 0 – 4 years, so encouraging healthy hydration habits early on is important.
There are lots of fun ways to make water more appealing, like adding some fruit, citrus or herbs for flavour. Be sure to check out our resource hub for more tips and tricks!