Healthy Kids Drinks Are GOOD – Aspartame is BAD!

Healthy Kids Drinks

Did you know kids should only have 4-6oz of juice per day?


I wanted to pass on this video below mainly because I thought it had some good ideas for cool treats and beverage ideas for kids as we fast approach the spring and summer seasons.

The home made sno-cones made using ice in a food processor, 100% grape juice and some blueberries I think is a great idea. It shows how very easy it is to make a quick, fun and nutritious sno-cone while avoiding all of the extra sugars you get when you buy them at the store or an ice cream shop. I also really liked the idea of Seltzer and Orange juice drink as a substitute for sodas. Again you’re doing everything possible to avoid putting extra sugar in your child’s diet and this is a healthy way to do it. Other take aways from the video include:

1. Kids should only be consuming 4-6oz of juice per day. That is not a lot when you think that most kids have juice with just about every meal these days. I tend to agree that this amount is sufficient as most of your child’s liquid consumption should be in the form of water with a glass of milk mixed in per day.

2. My only beef with the video is at the end when the Nutrition Consultant Grace Martin advised that artificial sweeteners are OK for children and safe for them to consume. I’ve read and watched enough to know that Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are NOT good for adults or children and that they really should not be included in our diets at all. Just because the FDA approves the use of aspartame doesn’t mean it’s safe and/or healthy, especially for kids. Don’t agree? Read more below and you may change your mind.

Wilmington, NC — (SBWIRE) — 03/29/2012 — The controversy surrounding aspartame started long ago when it was approved by the government as a safe sugar substitute. Even today, activists, natural health researchers and concerned citizens in general have been open about their disapproval of aspartame as a safe artificial sweetener. There’s a long list of aspartame side effects that one of the leading natural health websites reports.

According to Natural Health Sherpa the side effects of aspartame include:

– Death
– Headaches and seizures
– Vision loss
– Seizures
– Hearing loss
– Joint pain
– Breathing difficulties

“And these issues are mild compared to the other dangers of aspartame consumption. Turns out, many conditions are worsened or even brought on by aspartame, including cancer, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease,” continues the post.
According to Natural News, “over a billion people consume aspartame in their foods and beverages across the world, believing it to be a safe ingredient, but what they probably don’t know is that aspartame currently accounts for over 75% of all side effects complaints received by the FDA’s Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) for the past 4 years.” Source

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