A study just released by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior has been causing headlines like "removing soda from the schools may not make a difference in teen's consumption of soda"
I am not sure what they are trying to imply with this study but teenagers are a pretty hard group to change habits. These headlines are so misleading, are they implying we should put soda back in the school because it won't make a difference?
We don't need a study to tell us that soda IS NOT okay for children. We know that one can has 10 or more teaspoons of sugar in it. Who would give that to their child while they were in school? We know that simple sugar gives us calories for some energy but no nutrition? no vitamins, no minerals, no fiber...just calories.
But regardless of all that, it speaks to one important key point. We need to help our kids form their habits while they are younger. Keep high fat and high sugary foods, including soda out of the house. This is one of the best ways to limit the amount your child eats.
Help your child learn that these are not every day foods but once in a while foods. Your actions can really send a strong message to your young child.
The younger your child is the more impressionable they are to your ideas, thoughts and actions as they are beginning to form their own ideas and habits! Show your child what foods you really value and love by keeping those foods in your house readily available for eating.
And sometimes when you bite into your apple or whatever your favorite fruit or vegetable is, let out that "ahhh, this tastes soooo gooood!" So your child can not only see but hear how good those foods really are! They are listening and learning...