Water has been a source of life ever since we can remember. It takes the body a lot of fluid to function properly. Depending on our age, the human body consists of 50 to 80 per cent water. Only two per cent loss of water is enough to get us tired and inattentive, slow to respond, to have less stamina. A three per cent loss of water can cause headaches and constipation.
But our body does give out warning signals that would prevent the body from getting dehydrated. A common signal is thirst. But more often than not we do not pay any heed to this warning.
Here is an overview of the best drinks for kids. Go easy on sweet juices and lemonades; remember, the best drink is water.
- The ideal thirst quencher: The healthiest drink is water, as bottled water. Information on drinking water quality can be had if you arrange a visit to the water plant in your area. Also recommended are unsweetened herbal or fruit teas.
- Tasty but high in calories: Though pure fruit juices contain vitamins and minerals, they also have fruit sugar which brings in the calories with it. So you should dilute fruit juices with the same proportion of water (1:1 juice to water) to quench your thirst.
- Can be avoided: Nectars, packaged fruit drinks and soft drinks contain little fruit, but lots of sugar.
- Milk: Though it has calories, it is a healthy drink that should find a place daily in your table. But this should not be substituted for food and definitely not as a thirst quencher.
- Unsuitable for children: Drinks that contain artificial sweeteners such as energy drinks, or caffeine such as coffee, black and green tea, cola and iced tea.
Here’s what comprises fruit juices and how much sugar content they have. Go through and take your pick:
- Fruit juice is made from 100 per cent fruit and contains vitamins and minerals depending on the variety. Up to 10 per cent fruit sugar might be present.
- Fruit nectar has a fruit content of 25 to 50 per cent, less vitamins and minerals and at least 12 per cent sugar.
- Fruit based drinks are made from six to 30 per cent fruit and the rest is sugar and water. Fruit drinks often contain dyes, sweeteners or other additives and preservatives.
- Soft drinks have a fruit share from three to 15 per cent. Their sugar content is at least 12 per cent and they always contain artificial colours, sweeteners and flavours.