I am big on educating my children about food and health. Here is an easy experiment for you to do with your kids to teach them about the harmful effects of soda on their teeth. Take a hardboiled egg and put it in a glass of cola soda for 24 hours. What does the egg look like after the experiment?
This will give your children a good idea of how soda can affect the tooth enamel, and why you discourage them from having a steady diet of soda. The powerful combination of chemicals and sugar can do a real number on those pearly whites; not to mention your overall health.
Soda’s erosive power is ten times that of fruit juice. Yikes!
Okay, so, we live in the real world and your kids are going to want soda. But it should be considered an every once in a while treat not an everyday part of their diet. And, judging from the egg experiment, it’s not a bad idea to have them brush their teeth as soon as possible after drinking soda.
What should (and will) kids drink? Water is always a great choice; sweeten water with flavored stevia to make it more kid-friendly. Another choice is lemonade made with freshly squeezed lemons mixed with fresh water and a bit of stevia. Finally, try an RZOJ; equal amounts of brewed and chilled red zinger tea mixed with orange juice. Refreshing and not as detrimental to dental (and overall) health.
Share with me your ideas for healthy drinks for children!