So, I was browsing the vegan news wire (not a real thing — unless it exists and I haven’t found it yet) and I found the most mind-boggling article. Please… click here New Study Finds Sugary Drinks Linked With Obesity In Kids.
Read it in full? If you didn’t, I don’t blame you… the first paragraph is enough to elicit a radical response.
“…a new study from the University of Virginia, researchers have found that kids who regularly drink artificially sweetened sugary drinks are found to be more obese than the kids who do not.”
Wait… what? The entire body of this article needs to be stamped with a big “DUH!” With all the literature and information outlets available, how are parents still feeding their children this junk!? Mom… dad… you know what’s up — artificial sugar: BAD. Natural and fresh ingredients: Good. Easy as that.
According to a recent study from Harvard, obesity caused due to the consumption of sugary drinks causes about 180,000 deaths each year.
Wake up parentals! If sweet beverages are necessary in your child’s diet, stick to the basics. If your child want apple juice — give them REAL apple juice. Orange juice? Easy.
With these great fruit juice recipes from inhabitots.com, there is no excuse to rely on sugary drinks. Indulge on the good stuff.
Apple and orange juice
- 2 apples
- 2 oranges
Juice the apples. Mix with orange juice squeezed using a traditional, non-electric hand juicer — the kind where you halve an orange or lemon and place it on and squeeze. Citrus fruits are not meant to be juiced in some juicers but will easily yield their own juice. If your juicer can tolerate citrus fruits, juice away! Mix together and serve. Makes approximately one 8 oz serving. Another easy variation: juice 2 carrots instead of the apples.
Beet apple spinach juice
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 medium size beet
- 1 apple
Peel the beet before chopping then juice all the ingredients. You can also add a little orange juice or juice another apple to sweeten it as well!
Mango Pineapple Kale
- 1-2 cups loosely packed chopped kale, ribs removed (about 3-4 leaves)
- 1 mango
- 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
Peel and chop the mango before juicing. Juice all the ingredients, beginning with the kale. The pineapple and mango make a super sweet juice, which the kale helps tone down (and also adds big doses of Vitamin A,C, and K). Makes one 8 oz serving.
Anyway, as this isn’t a real shocker, the information reveals an apparent underlying shocker which is that there are still people out there that are unaware of this ever-present information. Although it’s hard to fathom, it’s understandable that certain people don’t always do the appropriate research.
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So, what do you think? What would you tell these uninformed parents? What is your reaction to the article itself? Share your thoughts in a comment! We love to hear from you.