On average, one 12 oz can of regular soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. That’s right…10 teaspoons. If your child drinks 2 cans of soda a day every day, they consume 7040 tsp of sugar each year, or 146.7 cups of sugar. And that’s just from soft drinks.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, that’s about 33% more sugar than children should consume. So what can you do? Not only does all that sugar contribute to weight gain and early onset diabetes, it is really hard on teeth. Add to that the acids in many drinks and you have a recipe for tooth decay.
There are a few things you can do to help reduce your family’s sugar consumption:
- Buy sugar free soft drinks
- Encourage kids and adults to drink more water
- When serving fruit juices (they have sugar too) make a “cocktail” of 50% juice and 50% club soda
Help your children, especially teens, see that the benefits of not drinking sugary drinks far outweigh the short-term taste pleasure. It won’t be easy, but it will help them develop good habits that will last a lifetime.