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Why Water is the Best Drink

Drinking water is the best way to quench your thirst. Even better, it doesn’t come with all the sugar and energy (kilojoules) found in fruit juice drinks, soft drinks, sports drinks and flavoured mineral waters. Drinking water instead of sweetened drinks also prevents dental problems, while the fluoride found in tap water can help strengthen teeth and bones.

Tips to help your child to drink more water:

  • Take a refillable bottle of water when you go out.
  • Put a bottle of water in with your child’s lunch.
  • Keep cold water in the fridge at home.
  • Give your child a water bottle when they play sport.
  • Serve water for everyone with the family meal.
  • Show your child that you enjoy drinking water.

Limit fruit juice, soft drinks, sports drinks and cordial

Fruit juices, soft drink, sports drinks and cordials should not be given to your child everyday as they contain a lot of added sugar. A can of soft drink contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar. Drinking too many sweetened drinks can cause a range of problems including tooth decay, poor appetite, picky eating, change in bowel habits and putting on excess weight.

The facts about fruit juice

  • Fruit juice is high in natural sugar and can contain added sugar too.
  • Eating a piece of fruit is much better than having a glass of juice.  While whole fruit contains some natural sugars, which make it taste sweet, it also has lots of vitamins, minerals and fibre, which makes it more filling and nutritious than a glass of fruit juice.
  • Children do not need any fruit juice at all. 1⁄2 cup of fruit juice each day is enough for your child, if you choose to provide it.

If you do give your child juice, soft drink, sports drinks or cordials remember to:

  • Water these down until very dilute. You can then replace them completely with water
  • Serve in smaller cups
  • Limit the number of cups of all sweet drinks your child has each day

Milk is another healthy option

  • Milk helps your child develop strong teeth and bones.
  • Children over 2 years of age can drink reduced fat milk.
  • Reduced fat milk has less fat than full cream milk but still has all the nutrients that young children need.
  • Soymilk is suitable if needed. Choose one that is high in added calcium.

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