The major health organizations and nutrition of US believe that the only drinks that should take the babies and children are the breast milk or infant formula, the water and the milk of a cow .
These tips are part of a new set of recommendations comprehensive drinks to children, summarized by age (from birth to 5 years). These experts warn against the drinks that are sources of added sugars in the diets of young children, including shakes, flavors (chocolate, strawberry, etc) and sugary beverages, in addition to a wide variety of drinks that are on the market and are aimed at children, as the milk of growth, caffeinated beverages and vegetable beverages (almond, rice, oat), which do not provide a nutritional value only.
"early childhood is an important time to begin to shape the nutritional habits and promote the consumption of healthy beverages," said Megan Lott, associate director of Research for Healthy Eating Research, an organization that convened the panel of experts. "By providing caregivers, health care providers, and early care and education, policymakers, and representatives of the beverage industry a clear set of recommendations are objective and science-based for the consumption of healthy beverages, we can take advantage of this opportunity to work together and improve the health and well-being of infants and young children throughout the united States," he said.
The recommendations were developed as part of an unprecedented collaboration on the part of experts of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA), under the leadership of the Healthy Eating Research (HER), a leading organization in nutrition research, and with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
"From the moment children are born and during those first years, the drinks are a major source of calories and nutrients and can have a large impact on health care in the future," said Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson foundation. "The families deserve clear guidance and consistent about what their young children should drink and what they should avoid. These recommendations of major medical organizations and nutrition of our country will help families raise healthy children", he concluded.
"As a pediatrician, I know that what a child drinks can be almost as important as what you eat , in terms of a healthy diet. This is especially true for very young children," added Natalie Muth, representative of the American Academy of Pediatrics on the panel of experts. "We know that children learn the flavors that you prefer at a very early age , from 9 months, and these preferences can last into childhood and adulthood. That is why it is important to set them on a course to healthy, and this guide will help parents and caregivers to do just that," he said.
For her part, Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, recalled that "almost 40,000 people in the united States die each year from heart problems due to the excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages" . "This is unhealthy and unacceptable, and the change in our culture need to change this status quo must begin with our children," he said.Updated Date: 19 September 2019, 16:01